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

Jakob Petsovits jpetso at gmx.at
Fri Sep 7 13:41:55 UTC 2007

On Friday, 7. September 2007, ttw+drupal at cobbled.net wrote:
> On 07.09-15:15, Jakob Petsovits wrote:
> [ ... ]
> > 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.
> ownership was a badly chosen term, apologies, it transfers equal rights
> of use to all parties.
> does than mean in the death or absence of a copyright holder that the
> GPL may be, essentiall, ignored?  this seems problematic.  in the case
> of copyright i understand rights transfer to the next of kin but with
> free software it seems there is little incentive for next of kin to
> pursue issues of copyright.  furthermore, in the absence of *all*
> copright holders the right to challange may also be brought into
> question.

That's exactly what I wanted to say, thanks for the to-the-point explanation.
Since I don't want to be known for insisting on copyright headers, I won't 
mention them here (...hehe), but you get the point.

> is anyone aware of a case in point?

I'm not.

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