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

Thomas Barregren thomas at webbredaktoren.se
Sun Sep 9 22:19:44 UTC 2007

ttw+drupal at cobbled.net skrev:
> On 07.09-15:34, Earnie Boyd wrote:
> [ ... ]
>> The copyright is owned by the producer of the code and the license 
>> allows the copyright holder to give you the right to use it. [ ... ]
> giving someone freedoms to use your code does not allow you to
> dictate basic freedoms to them .. i.e. you cannot restrict the basic
> rights given to them in copyright law just because you are giving
> them more access than copyright law dictates.

It seems to me that you don't know what you are talking about. Or worse, 
that you are trying to spread FUD.

In any case, let me quote from the 13 pages short publication "The Open 
Source Legal Landscape" by the Australian lawyer  Brendan Scott:

    1.3 Copyright operates by prohibiting numerous categories of action
    in respect of a copyright work. [...] In the absence of a permission
    from the copyright holder, there is an absolute prohibition on
    exercising any of the rights comprised in copyright in respect of
    that work.

    2.3 [...] Open source licences effectively exempt the permitted
    activities from copyright infringement, subject to compliance with
    certain conditions (which are different depending upon the licence).
    A failure to comply with the conditions in the licence will mean
    that the activities are no longer exempted from infringement of
    copyright. If the activity in question results in an infringement of
    copyright, then the copyright owner will have an action against the
    person engaging in the activity.

You can download the full paper here:



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