[techtalk] GPL Questions

jenn at simegen.com jenn at simegen.com
Fri Nov 12 04:09:26 EST 1999

Stephan Zaniolo wrote:

>         I read through the GPL and at the end it says that GPLed programs are not
> allowed to be incorporated into proprietary systems.  I was planning on
> publishing an API for this system that others could use in proprietary
> software.  (Note: no code from the system would/should be used in the
> proprietary system, just method/function calls)  Is this in violation of
> the GPL?

Um. How do you simultaneously use function calls to a piece of code and
not use that code?

Code libraries /are/ code.

OTOH, I don't /think/ there's a problem with the author of GPLed software
releasing both a GPL and a nonGPL version - but THAT one should be checked
with the lawyers!

Jenn V.
  Humans are the only species to feed and house entirely separate species 
     for no reason other than the pleasure of their company. Why?

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