[License-discuss] GPL and non-GPL binaries in one distribution

Mike Milinkovich mike.milinkovich at eclipse.org
Thu Jan 12 18:02:46 UTC 2012



The answer, as always, is "it depends".  Have you read [1] and [2]? They
capture the basic positions of both the FSF and the Eclipse Foundation.
However, they do focus primarily on the plug-in scenario. 


[1] http://mmilinkov.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/epl-gpl-commentary/

[2] http://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/using-the-gpl-for-eclipse-plug-ins 



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[mailto:license-discuss-bounces at opensource.org] On Behalf Of Mike Steglich
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Subject: [License-discuss] GPL and non-GPL binaries in one distribution



Is it permitted to have a program licensed under GPLv3 and an EPL software
in one binary distribution? There is no share of source code ore use of a
library. The GPL binary executes the EPL binary as an external process (as a
command line tool).  


I interpret that as an aggregate: 

 A compilation of a covered work with other separate and independent works,
which are not by their nature extensions of the covered work, and which are
not combined with it such as to form a larger program, in or on a volume of
a storage or distribution medium, is called an "aggregate" if the
compilation and its resulting copyright are not used to limit the access or
legal rights of the compilation's users beyond what the individual works
permit.  Inclusion of a covered work in an aggregate does not cause this
License to apply to the other parts of the aggregate. 


Am I right or not?



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