GPLv2 'web-app loophole'

David Johnson david at
Wed Aug 8 01:45:57 UTC 2001

On Tuesday 07 August 2001 06:27 pm, Karsten M. Self wrote:

> Note that this rule doesn't hole for Java, Javascript, Flash, and other
> forms of content that are transmitted to, and executed on, the client's
> host.  In this case, code is distributed to the user's system.  I'd
> argue GPL distribution obligations would triggered.

I agree, and I hope I didn't imply that. If the Java, Flash, etc., content is 
under the GPL, then its transmittal over the web falls under the GPL. Whether 
or not they can be *runtime* linked to non-GPL applications is another topic.

David Johnson

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