Combining GPLed code with codes of other licenses
matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Sat Jul 7 03:14:52 UTC 2007
John Cowan wrote:
> Joseph Hick scripsit:
>> 1. The programmer combined GPLed code with code covered under an
>> incompatible license, added his own code and released the work under
>> GPL license.
IANAL, but this would be a violation of the incompatible license.
>> 2. Same as above, but he released the work under the incompatible
This would be a violation of the GPL.
>> what are the penalties the programmer or its *users* might have
>> to pay if he refuses to discontinue such distributions and decides
>> to continue?
I think this is unlikely in the long term. Either the distributor will
stop under pressure, or if the copyright holder presses it, a court will
force the distributor to stop with an injunction.
> Mostly the programmer would have to live with the knowledge that he was
> not a morally worthy person; if the facts were to be discovered, there
> would also be a large amount of public opprobrium available to go around.
Some copyright holders, such as the FSF, will definitely consider legal
action if you ignore requests to comply.
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