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GPL Questions

From: Paul Carter
Subject: GPL Questions
Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 09:45:44 -0700 (PDT)
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I hope this isn't an inappropriate message here. I wasn't able to find
a FAQ for this newsgroup. Please let me know if there's a more
appropriate group.

Where I work, we are considering using a small piece of the JIDE
Common Layer Open Source Project (
It's under a dual GPL/Commerical license.

The second FAQ in the link above states:
  2. If I modify your source code to fix a bug or add an enhancement,
should I contribute the change back to you?

  As a matter of fact, you must contribute the changes back to us
either [sic] you choose GPL or free commercial license to comply with
the license agreements.

This is not my understanding of the GPL. This link

seems to contradict JIDE's answer. If our changes are only used
internally, we do not have to give them back to JIDE.  Is this a
correct reading?

Actually, we're just tweaking the code a bit (changing it's package
mostly) so they really wouldn't want our changes anyway.

A related question. We also occasionally give out our source code to
other companies. We do give them all the source. Does this require us
to give back changes to JIDE? I think the answer is no.



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