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

ttw+drupal at cobbled.net ttw+drupal at cobbled.net
Fri Sep 7 12:04:23 UTC 2007

On 07.09-00:28, Thomas Barregren wrote:
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> Assume you write a module for Drupal. Any meaningful module to Drupal 
> implements at least one hook. That alone makes the module a derived work 
> of Drupal.

this is wrong.  it is an over zealous attempt to extend the legal
coverage of copyright and licensing laws.  you may interface to
software as you like, what you cannot do is copy and modify and
distribute that software as your own.

i believe this would be defeated in court as were proprietry software
vendors when attempting the same trick.  i would also assert it is
also an infrigement on the freedoms of free software and a direct
contradiction of what free software is about.

i would re-state what an earlier poster said which is, it would be
better to put together a list of copyright holders and correct
current licensing discrepancies.  then tackle how you wish to
address this issue internally.  only then should you start
propounding this sort of dictum.

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