[PD] Percolate

Chris McCormick chris at mccormick.cx
Thu Mar 8 04:22:29 CET 2007

On Wed, Mar 07, 2007 at 03:42:33PM +0100, Frank Barknecht wrote:
> Hallo,
> Ivica Ico Bukvic hat gesagt: // Ivica Ico Bukvic wrote:
> > > That's not the problem. The problem is, that the current Percolate
> > > license is not a free software license. Non-free licenses are
> > > incompatible with the GPL, which flext uses. By distributing a version
> > > of Percolate externals using their current license built with
> > > GPL-flext you would be violating the GPL! So you are not allowed to
> > > distribute your flext-Percolate ATM.
> > 
> > Please pardon my ignorance, but will this be the case even if I distribute
> > the ported code as source-only (assuming that I get a permission to do so
> > from the original authors)? 
> I'm not a lawyer, but as I understand it, source or binary doesn't
> matter: As long as you distribute a flext-external, source or binary,
> you have to distribute it as GPL. This is impossible without violating
> either the Percolate license or the GPL, because both are
> incompatible: the Percolate license isn't a free license. 

It would be good to find out what the legal status of code
that is illegally licensed. We've had this issue before with the
not-for-military-use clause that Yves added to his software, rendering
it technically illegal. A lawyer could tell us if it's a) in legal limbo
land where nobody is legally allowed to use it b) defaults to public
domain c) something else weird.


chris at mccormick.cx

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