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

Jakob Petsovits jpetso at gmx.at
Mon Sep 10 09:23:44 UTC 2007

On Monday, 10. September 2007, J-P Stacey wrote:
> However, the virality stops at certain boundaries, doesn't it? If not,
> then:
>   * How does Cygwin survive, translating the calls of potentially GPL
> programs to the language of the wholeheartedly un-GPL OS it sits in? By
> extension, how does any GPL program conscience working on Windows (by which
> I don't mean morally....)? How can something like Automatix work,
> sprinkling software of all sorts of licences like fairy dust through your
> Ubuntu box?
>   * How can you build GPL webservice clients, and would their use in
> requesting data or processing from a non-GPLed webservice count as licence
> infringement? What would a GPLed webservice even look like? Richard
> Stallman, I think, is on record as saying that the proprietary nature of
> services such as Amazon's doesn't bother him, but it bothers other people.
>   * How does networking software not transmit the GPL in its very packets,
> when it lets proprietary and GPL software communicate and potentially share
> processing?

I don't want to be rude, but all of these questions have already been answered 
in this thread. Before another well-explained, but extensive Thomas Barregren 
mail is coming up again, I suggest you look it up by yourself.

Yeah, I know it's daunting to read and understand all of this thread, it's too 
large already.

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