[development] Modules that integrate non-GPL PHP apps violatethe GPL.

FGM fgm at osinet.fr
Mon Sep 3 16:53:54 UTC 2007

One thing you need to keep in mind is the explicit allowance of reverse
engineering by law within the EU member states, transposing an EU directive,
which AFAIK does not an equivalent in the USA, where reverse engineering can
land you in deep trouble.

The case you mention could fall under this legal situation.

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violatethe GPL.

> On 02.09-15:47, Jeff Eaton wrote:
> [ ... ]
> what still confuses me, however, is that i recall a law suit with one
> of the larger software companies about 10 years ago where they sued
> a smaller company for reverse engineering their code to write compatible
> software.  the case was lost (as i recall) on the basis that once you
> had purchased something you were entitled to use it to access your
> data (which you still had ownership over) in whatever manner you chose
> (including reverse engineering and interfacing with those components
> to better access your information).  [...]

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