illegal? one installer for two differently licensed programs

Reinhard Mueller mueller at
Tue Aug 9 21:52:45 UTC 2005

Am Dienstag, den 09.08.2005, 22:26 +0200 schrieb Immanuel Witschi:
> the question is the following: assume is in a folder A on
> a CD and a localized thesaurus-dictionary or hyphenation-dictionary is
> in a folder B on the same CD and the licences are different from each
> other. Is it allowed to write an installer which takes first
> automatically OOo and installs it, and then takes the dictionary and
> installs it upon OOo?
> thesis: if NO, it wouldn't be legal even having these packages next to
> each other on the CD?

Depends on what the dictionary is.

If the dictionary is a binary that is linked to, then it
has to be GPL.
If the dictionary is just data that is read by ooo, it can basically
have any license you want.
In any case, an installation program can do what it wants. *If* somebody
violates the GPL at all, it's the person providing the binary of the
dictionary, not the person providing the installation program.

Usual disclaimers (IANAL etc) apply. :-)

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