Fw: Query about GNU-GPL

Laurence Finston lfinsto1 at gwdg.de
Tue Mar 22 16:05:25 UTC 2005

On Tue, 22 Mar 2005, Karsten Gerloff wrote:

> Begin forwarded message:
> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 13:37:20 +0100
> From: "Kiran Raosaheb Patil" <krp at biocentrum.dtu.dk>
> To: <office at fsfeurope.org>
> Subject: Query about GNU-GPL

> Is there any way that I can distribute only the GPL covered libaries
> (/parts of libarries used by program) under GPL and rest under different
> license?

You aren't obligated to distribute the libraries.  If the free ones are
free in the sense of the GNU GPL, then anyone who wants to use your
package will be able to get them somewhere.  You may, of course, decide to
distribute them as a convenience.

Including code from non-free libraries will make your package non-free.

> It is not possible to make the program work without non-free
> libaries, unles I invest lot of time for implementing it by myself,
> which is not feasible for me.

Are you certain that there no free libraries that would serve the
purpose?  Would the owners of the non-free libraries consider changing
their license to a free one?  Could you formulate your code in such a way
that it could be used by someone who'd be interested in implementing
the functionality you need from the non-free libraries?

Laurence Finston

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