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Re: [hpoj-devel] Re: Bug#147430: hpoj: Linking against OpenSSL licensing modification (GPL)

On Wed, May 22, 2002 at 12:34:33PM -0400, Mark Horn wrote:
> Correct me if I'm wrong, but the GPL says that no one can *release*
> a copy of hpoj linked to OpenSSL.  They can certainly use hpoj linked
> to OpenSSL.  Of course, that doesn't help you as the guy who is trying
> to package up hpoj for debian.  But if I want to link hpoj to OpenSSL,
> there's nothing in my reading of the GPL that prevents me.  I simply
> can't release any such code to anyone else.
> Or have I misread the GPL?

You are correct, and you have not misread the GPL.  As you noted, this
fact doesn't do a lot for Debian though, as our distribution of binary
packages could be considered contributory infringment by litigious
copyright holders of GPLed software.

G. Branden Robinson                |       The software said it required
Debian GNU/Linux                   |       Windows 3.1 or better, so I
branden@debian.org                 |       installed Linux.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |

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