[development] GPL

Moshe Weitzman weitzman at tejasa.com
Thu Apr 1 19:45:53 UTC 2010

The folks who are enthusiastic on this topic are talking at
http://groups.drupal.org/legal. I suggest continuing the conversation
there, as this list is focused on development.

On Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM, Cameron Eagans <cweagans at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Drupalistas!
> This question has come up a couple of times in our local Drupal user group
> meetings, but the answer that was given didn't sound quite right to me:
> If I code a module for Drupal, does it -have- to be GPL? That is, is a
> module considered a 'derivative work' of Drupal? Or is a module considered
> it's own entity from an intellectual property standpoint (that is, can I use
> something like http://www.raizlabs.com/software/phpobfuscator/ to obfuscate
> my source code and sell my module without licensing it as GPL?)
> Because a module executes as a part of Drupal, must it be GPL?
> Taking that further, can we apply the same question to things like the Linux
> kernel? Is a kernel module required to be GPL? Can I sell a proprietary
> kernel extension?
> Thanks,
> Cameron Eagans

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