gpgme license

Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo jose at
Wed Jul 24 22:36:01 CEST 2002

On Wed, Jul 24, 2002 at 11:57:51AM -0400, marius aamodt eriksen wrote:
> * Marcus Brinkmann <Marcus.Brinkmann at> [020724 10:24]:
> > This is wrong.  Your code is never tainted by the GPL.  You can always keep
> > whatever licenses you want for your code.  If you create a derived, combined
> > work, that consists of the work of somebody else's GPL code and your own,
> > then this combined work is subject to the terms of the GPL.  But such a
> > combined work is not *YOUR* source anymore, it is the combination of yours
> > and other people's work.  You seem to want to have your cake and eat it, too.
> > Sorry, but the goal of Free Software is not to make hoarders happier.
> > The GPL provides a mutual agreement of sharing.  We share, you share,
> > that's the deal.  The deal is not, we give, you take.  (This "you" is
> > impersonal.  I don't mean necessarily you personally, but whoever wants to
> > include the code in proprietary software).
> well, the problem then becomes if i want to use a GPLed library in my
> code, it is considered a shared work.  even if i have not mucked with
> any source code from the GPLed library, i just use its interfaces.
> all the source clearly I wrote, but by linking it with the GPLed
> library, the freedom i assigned to my own code is taken away.  the
> LGPL solves this problem.  clearly the library itself has its own

   And LGPL have others. Like that I can make a commercial package which
   uses GpgME without returning a line of code or any kind of support.
   If you like to see your code being used without any kind of feed
   back, that's fine for you, but not for a lot of other people. Of
   course, you can say here that this licensing has made Ximian not to
   use GpgME for Evolution, and all we know that Ximian has contributed
   a lot to Free Software. But that's the problem that always happens in
   all aspects of your life: some people only want to use the work of
   others to his own benefit. And you have to protect against that,
   although that will mean some problem to others.

  Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo
     jsogo at

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