Spotting GPL violations

Jeroen Dekkers jeroen at
Sun Dec 12 10:56:11 UTC 2004

At Sat, 11 Dec 2004 16:07:19 +0000,
Philip Webster wrote:
> Jeroen Dekkers wrote:
> > At Sat, 11 Dec 2004 13:21:59 +0000,
> > Philip Webster wrote:
> > 
> >>Hi,
> >>A piece of software has come to my attention that may be violating the 
> >>GPL. Details are as follows:
> >>- The software is an interface (GUI, intermediary routines) between a 
> >>proprietary operating system and the Free printing system GIMP-Print.
> >>- The company distributing the software is not offering source code, and 
> >>has not licensed the derivative work under the GPL.
> > 
> > The question is whether this is really a derivative work. "An
> > interface" doesn't really say anything, it can be a library interface
> > or it could talk over some protocol using sockets.
> It appears to be a library interface.

I can't really see enough out of the descriptions. The problem is that
I don't know anything about GIMP-Print or RiscOS. I think the only way
to be sure whether it's a GPL violation is to download the code and
look at it.

Jeroen Dekkers

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