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

mark burdett mfburdett at gmail.com
Sun Sep 9 20:18:42 UTC 2007

I don't know what it means if SFLC conflicts with FSF on this issue :)
  But just wanted to point out SFLC's legal theory that the GPL
civicrm module could call the CiviCRM API, even though the civicrm API
files themselves are AGPL..


On 9/9/07, Gerhard Killesreiter <gerhard at killesreiter.de> wrote:
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> mark burdett schrieb:
> > Here's the FAQ, by the Software Freedom Law Center, on why you can
> > distribute CiviCRM (AGPL licensed, incompatible with GPL v2) as part
> > of a GPL-licensed piece of software (e.g. drupal+civicrm distribution
> > like civicspace was):  http://civicrm.org/node/166
> Quote:
> > Can I distribute CiviCRM as part of a GPL-licensed piece of software? How does that work?
> > Yes, so long as CiviCRM is a separate and independent program from the GPL-licensed software. You cannot combine code licensed under both licenses into a single program and then redistribute that combination because the AGPL and the current version of the GPL are incompatible.
> The problem is that it is disputed that CiviCRM would be an independent
> programm when using civicrm.module to hook into Drupal.
> Cheers,
>         Gerhard
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