GPL and Python modules.

Gerhard Haering gh at
Mon Oct 25 17:56:43 CEST 2004

On Mon, Oct 25, 2004 at 03:46:31PM +0000, Grant Edwards wrote:
> On 2004-10-25, Peter Otten <__peter__ at> wrote:
> > Grant Edwards wrote:
> >
> >> Let's say I use a GPL'd python module (e.g. something installed
> >> in site-packages) in an application.
> >
> > I'd say everything that uses a GPL'd module is derived work
> > and must also be GPL'd. It doesn't matter how you distribute
> > it.
> So my application code must be GPL'd even if I never distribute
> the module?  The mere act of inserting the line 
> "import someGPLdmodule"
> Makes my _source_code_ a derived work, and therefore must be
> GPL'd?  That just doesn't sound right.

The GPL only applies if you distribute your work (outside your

It would probably be a smart move to just *ask* the author of the
module if it's ok with him what you're planning to do. Only if the two
of you disagree, then you need to worry about the legal cra^w

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