Symfony's views on the GPL

Sam Liddicott sam at
Fri Sep 25 13:55:55 UTC 2015

On Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 3:06 PM, Hugo Roy <hugo at> wrote:
> ↪ 2015-09-24 Thu 14:07, Sam Liddicott <sam at>:
>> On Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 10:27 AM, Hugo Roy <hugo at> wrote:
>> > Le 24 septembre 2015 11:25:11 GMT+02:00, Sam Liddicott <sam at> a écrit :
>> >>To my understanding, works can be developed and also used privately by
>> >>the developer in the case where the licensing combinations do not
>> >>permit copying as coverd by copyright law.
>> >
>> > Why do you think that? Can you elaborate?
>> The GPL license is a conditional permission to do something that would
>> otherwise be forbidden by copyright.
>> Copyright does not prohibit such development, so no new permission is required.
> It depends. Copyright laws give a monopoly on certain activities
> related to a “work” (which can be e.g. a computer program or a novel).
> More precisely for software, the rights to reproduce, to adapt as well
> as the right to distribute forms of the software are restricted
> activities (see EU directive 91/250, article 4).

Interesting. I'm not personally subject to EU directives.

I'm now trying to find out if any members states have implemented it yet.

So it seems unlikely to be prohibited yet; and in the instance under
discussion I still think that it is not prohibited by the conflict of
the two licences in question which grant freedom to use, placing
restrictions on the distribution.


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