[License-discuss] was about Server-Side license but is about copyleft....

Lawrence Rosen lrosen at rosenlaw.com
Thu Nov 8 22:32:32 UTC 2018

[moving this to license-discuss@]


Kyle Mitchell wrote:

> If I build a dental records management application with a GPLv2 file format parser, wouldn't my application be "other software"?  But that can't be right.  We must be making a mistake elsewhere.


John Cowan responded:

> My understanding is that that is *exactly* right.  Put a  GPL component into your application, you need to GPL your application or refrain from distributing it.


[<LER>] Not always, John. Add Linux or MySQL to your application with complete freedom. Someone is making a whole bunch of random exceptions for GPLv2 "copyleft" software.  I prefer those exceptions to the interpretation you cited. 

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