Calling GPL code from a Python application

Patrick Maupin pmaupin at
Tue Jan 3 23:35:26 EST 2006

Mike Meyer wrote:
.> Note that I'm *not* interpreting the GPL. I'm interpreting what the
> FSF says about the GPL. If the goal is to avoid a lawsuit, the latter
> is what you have to pay attention to, as they're telling you what
> actions you can take without getting sued. The text comes into play
> once the lawsuit starts, and you're trying to convince the judge that
> your interpretation of the text is correct.
> That said, the FSF is acting like any corporation, and interpreting
> the GPL as far in their favor as they think has a chance in
> court. Which means if you're willing to take them to court over it,
> you can probably get more than they'll give you without the lawsuit.
> But in that case, you're going to need a real lawyer, so you might as
> well talk to one beforehand, and only try what they think you have a
> chance of getting in court.

Agree completely.  I said a lot more on this in an earlier thread:


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