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

Thomas Barregren thomas at webbredaktoren.se
Mon Sep 10 10:16:14 UTC 2007

Jakob Petsovits skrev:
> 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.

Lol. I should perhaps "rest my case". :-)

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

The easiest way to see the whole thread, which currently consists of 198 
messages, is by Nabble:

    * http://www.nabble.com/Modules-that-integrate-non-GPL-PHP-apps-violate-the-GPL.-tf4352313.html

If you prefer the "official" mailing archive, you have to jump around a 

    * http://lists.drupal.org/archives/development/2007-08/threads.html#00568
    * http://lists.drupal.org/archives/development/2007-09/threads.html#00000
    * http://lists.drupal.org/archives/development/2007-09/threads.html#00025
    * http://lists.drupal.org/archives/development/2007-09/threads.html#00082
    * http://lists.drupal.org/archives/development/2007-09/threads.html#00200

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