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Re: Using non-GPL libraries in a GPL program

From: Juha Nieminen
Subject: Re: Using non-GPL libraries in a GPL program
Date: Mon, 26 May 2008 17:02:03 GMT
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Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> Only copyright owners and authorized sublisenors can copyright
> (sub)license protected material. And while the MIT license does allow
> sublicensing ("Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any
> person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation
> files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction,
> including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge,
> publish, distribute, SUBLICENSE...", the GPL shoots itself in the foot
> proclaiming that "Sublicensing is not allowed ... the recipient
> automatically receives a license from the original licensors" (that is
> original MIT license in the case of "MIT-licensed library in a GPL
> program"). 

  I didn't quite understand if this is a "yes" or "no" answer to my
question, ie. what happens if you use MIT-licensed code in a GPL
program. Does the code become GPL? If the answer is yes, can this cause
problems with respect to the original MIT-licensed code: Now it has two
licenses, MIT and GPL, and the latter one does not allow for the code to
be used with the former?

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