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

Gerhard Killesreiter gerhard at killesreiter.de
Sat Sep 8 15:06:26 UTC 2007

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Angela Byron schrieb:
> On 8-Sep-07, at 5:51 AM, Thomas Barregren wrote:

>> I am not completely convinced that it is a "physically impossibility".
>> After all, it is a limited number of people who have committed code to
>> the core. I suppose most of them are still members of Drupal.org, and
>> hence possible to get in contact with. Why not try? Likely, a vast
>> majority of all core contributors will accept a "FOSS Exception" and
>> possible also a "Linked Under Controlled Interface Exception" for a
>> "Module Programming Interface" (e.g. hooks and some utility functions).
> Interesting. So the act of committing code transfers authorship? My

No, no, no, and no. This does not happen. I think Thomas doesn't know
how Drupal development works, which made him use the term "core committer".

I hereby state that for none of the patches not written by me that I've
committed to core or contrib I accept transfer of copyright or
authorship (the latter is actually impossible under German law) of the code.

> offering up code and saying, "Please commit this to core" is synonymous
> with "I hereby abandon all rights I have as the author of this code, and
> trust that the core committers will not someday do something silly with
> it?"
> That's something I didn't know before. It was my understanding that
> copyright was retained by each individual who has contributed code to
> the project, regardless of who actually pulled the "commit" trigger.

That is my understanding too.


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