Use of GPLed Python extension modules

kk k at k.com
Sat Nov 22 10:37:38 CET 2003


Paul Rubin wrote:
> Tim Churches <tchur at optushome.com.au> writes:
> 
>>If a compiled Python extension module B includes code from some
>>other software A which is licensed only under the GPL, do other
>>Python programmes, C, which import module B also need to be licensed
>>under a GPL-compatible license (assuming C is/are to be distributed
>>to third parties)?
> 
> 
> It's not enough for B and C to be under "GPL-compatible licenses".
> They have to be under the actual GPL.
> 
> From http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#LinkingWithGPL
> 
>     You have a GPL'ed program that I'd like to link with my code to build
>     a proprietary program. Does the fact that I link with your program
>     mean I have to GPL my program?
> 
>             Yes. 
AFAIK, ur python program, which is interpreted, is considered data in
view of the program interpreter. So the GPL license is not needed.
Correct me if I am wrong.





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