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Re: Bug reports of DFSG violations are tagged 'lenny-ignore'?

On Thu, 2008-10-23 at 22:08 +0200, Ansgar Burchardt wrote:
> The FSF seems to disagree on this[1]:
>     Can I release a non-free program that's designed to load a GPL-covered
>     plug-in?
>     It depends on how the program invokes its plug-ins. For instance, if
>     the program uses only simple fork and exec to invoke and communicate
>     with plug-ins, then the plug-ins are separate programs, so the
>     license of the plug-in makes no requirements about the main program.
> The general idea seems to be that (at least the FSF) only linked modules
> are considered as a "single program" and only in this case all parts
> have to be GPL-compatible (not necessarily released under the GPL
> itself).

This is (or when the text was originally written), about programs *as
released by the FSF*, but not about the GPL in general.  It may be that
the older text is now getting used in a broader context.  I do not know
if this represents a change in the FSF's position.


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