[development] Modules that integrate non-GPL PHP appsviolatethe GPL.

FGM fgm at osinet.fr
Mon Sep 3 20:33:13 UTC 2007

That's a nice improvement over the previous situation, then. I'd read it was
under discussion years ago, but didn't think it would make it. Looks like it
did :-)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Hunter C" <hunterc at gmail.com>
To: <development at drupal.org>
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2007 8:33 PM
Subject: Re: [development] Modules that integrate non-GPL PHP appsviolatethe

> US copyright law does not ignore the need for reverse engineering in these
> circumstances (i.e., for compatibility purposes)...
> Title 17, Section 1201 of the US code says, in part ..
> *(f) Reverse Engineering.  ... a person who has lawfully obtained the
> to use a copy of a computer program may circumvent a technological measure
> that effectively controls access to a particular portion of that program
> the sole purpose of identifying and analyzing those elements of the
> that are necessary to achieve interoperability of an independently created
> computer program with other programs, and that have not previously been
> readily available to the person engaging in the circumvention, to the
> any such acts of identification and analysis do not constitute
> under this title. *
> ...
> Heavy on legalese, but you get the idea.

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