Re: Eclipse 3.0 Running ILLEGALY on Kaffe
On Thu, 13 Jan 2005 16:16:53 -0500, Brian Thomas Sniffen
[quoting Michael Poole]
> > It is not hard: Some distribution of Eclipse is only encumbered by the
> > GPL if it requires a GPLed work to correctly operate. You may have
> > some odd version of Eclipse, but the standard releases have no such
> > requirement.
A distribution of Eclipse is only encumbered by the GPL if it is a
derivative work of the GPL, such as by cut-and-paste of a piece of GPL
code in excess of "de minimis" standards. The GPL simply doesn't
address the "needs GPL code to work properly" case; consider Makefiles
that only work with GNU make.
> Some distribution of Eclipse is encumbered by the GPL if it, that
> distribution, includes a copy of a GPL'd work (and it is not mere
> aggregation, which this certainly isn't). So shipping Eclipse+Kaffe
> is not OK. Shipping Eclipse+otherJVM is fine.
Copies are OK, derivative works aren't. Eclipse+Kaffe isn't a
derivative work and doesn't create one during execution either.