GPGMail and the GPL?
stephane at sente.ch
Wed May 18 08:54:28 CEST 2005
There is actually a problem with present version (1.1): GPGMail
conflicts with the LGPL (gpgme/GPGME are LGPL'd), as it directly uses
the code in the binary instead of linking to dynamic libraries; I
wrongly assumed that I could use the LGPL'd code directly in my binary
which is not LGPL'd (and not compatible with LGPL); originally I wanted
to link to the libs dynamically, but encountered some problems at link
stage and finally statically linked the lib to my bundle, without
realizing that it was illegal.
I will fix problem by the end of the week (it's been fixed in my work
area) and I'm really sorry about that.
Note also that gpgme != GPGME: gpgme is g10's C library, whereas GPGME
is MacGPG's ObjC framework (that I wrote, but copyright is to MacGPG).
Both are LGPL'd, and not GPL'd, since version 1.0.2; before that
version I didn't link GPGMail to any of these libs, nor statically
neither dynamically, and was using them in a GPL'd tool called
GPGMEProxyServer which was a standalone GPL'd executable.
Once again I'm sorry about that and didn't intend to make any harm. Now
let's face the consequences.
On May 18, 2005, at 4:19, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> ... Stéphane Corthésy's GPGMail is a fine implementation of GnuPG for
> the OS X platform, but my reading of the license suggests it's not
> GPL-compliant. The other text on the site suggests that he's using
> gpgme to do some of the work, which would seem to lead to a license
> Particularly, Stéphane's license requires:
> * His written permission before:
> * Large-scale redistribution of the source code
> * Distributing source code in printed form
> * Distributing modified source
> * Using his source to create commercial products
> * No fees may be charged for source, not even to
> accomodate reasonable copying fees
> * He can change the license at any time and have it
> binding, without you agreeing to the new terms
> He's also misattributing GPGME's copyright; he's attributing it to
> 2001-2003 the MacGPG Group. I believe this attribution is in error.
> I'm not in any way trying to slight Stéphane's excellent work. It's
> good stuff. I'm just hoping that one of the core GnuPG devels,
> someone who holds copyright on a part of GnuPG, can politely ask
> Stéphane what's going on and resolve any conflict, should one actually
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> Gnupg-devel at gnupg.org
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