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

Jakob Petsovits jpetso at gmx.at
Fri Sep 7 13:15:25 UTC 2007

On Friday, 7. September 2007, ttw+drupal at cobbled.net wrote:
> On 06.09-17:11, Cog Rusty wrote:
> [ ... ]
> > By "legitimate interest" I was referring to something different: Under
> > law usually, when you see a thief robbing someone, you can report it
> > to the police but you can't sue the robber. Only the victim can (or
> > the authorities if it is a penal offence and not just a civil one).You
> > don't need legitimate interest to do something. You need it to
> > challenge something.
> the GPL essestially transfers ownership to you and the therefore i
> would understand that anyone who uses GPL code has a legitimate
> interest.  a legal case will be weakened in the absence of a copyright
> holder (and certainaly alterations to licensing are extremely complicated
> in their absence) but it is not required.

No, it doesn't transfer ownership. It grants you a license to use, modify and 
redistribute the code, but it doesn't transfer ownership.
You'll most likely need a copyright holder to sue violators.

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