[sword-devel] More thoughts on GPL
Sun, 27 May 2001 01:04:40 -0700
There are two issues that have been discussed together and are similar and
that may be causing some confusion and crossover in the discussions.
1) Linking non-GPL works to GPL libraries.
2) Linking GPL works to non-GPL libraries.
The issue in 1 is whether the non-GPL work becomes a derivative of the GPL
libraries. Currently the Sword Project is GPL so this is not a problem for
the current code. It could be a problem if the Sword Project decided to
produce a non-GPL version or if a non-GPL front end linked to the Sword
API. I am not sure we would want either of these any way.
The Issue in 2 is that all code, even that which is linked to must be
released in a source code format, unless it falls under certain exceptions.
The problem is that CrossWire may not be able to get the source code or the
rights to distribute them for non-GPL libraries, or be able to get the
required exception from some of the GPL contributors. This is a problem for
Chris, Troy, is that about right?