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Re: [GNUe] The usual newbie licensing question...

From: Jason Cater
Subject: Re: [GNUe] The usual newbie licensing question...
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 13:22:06 -0500
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As always, it would always be best to consult your lawyer to be on the safe 

However, having given that disclaimer, the general consensus of the GNUe 
developers is that files that are input into the GNUe tools (i.e., GFD, GRD, 
etc, files) do not have to fall under the GPL. We consider these types of 
files to be open standards. 

If you, however, extend/patch the GNUe code base, or use the GNUe Common 
library to write your own application, then this code would be subject to the 
GPL.  Of course, if you do patch the GNUe code base, we would hope you would 
share that code with us anyways as it benefits everyone and there would be no 
advantage to your company of keeping these patches in-house. 

Does this make sense?


Jason Cater
GNU Enterprise

On Friday 08 October 2004 12:17 pm, Wolfgang Keller wrote:
> Note: I've read before posting,
> but I am still confused...
> Hello,
> please bear with me, I am not a developer by training nor by profession,
> just a spare-time mostly-for-scripting-user of Python. This set of tools
> looks just too great, so it may be that I will use it to try to build one
> or the other tiny application for my employer's customers. We're a small
> engineering/consulting company in the railway industry, and organising
> workshops is one of our main activities. That much for the introduction.
> Now to the actual subject:
> If I build an application for a customer using GNUe (but without touching
> the source of GNUe itself), does this application fall under the GPL just
> as GNUe itself (that's the way I understand GPL)?
> I wouldn't mind making the source freely available myself (as this will
> probably give some feedback by more experienced people than myself and thus
> teach me lots of new things), but maybe a customer won't like having to pay
> for something (actually for my time while I'm doing it) when afterwards
> their competitors can just get the same thing that they paid for for
> free...
> TIA,
> Best regards,
> Wolfgang Keller
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