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Re: GPL & Possible Derivative Work

Mike <mike@midgard.no-ip.org> writes:

> Hello all,
> If I were to study GPL'ed source in order to understand a protocol
> that it implements, would I need to and if so how would I cite this in
> any program I create which uses any knowledge gained?

Stating where you obtained the information is always a good idea.
IIUC, you are intending to write your own implementation of the
protocol, or perhaps write a client for a server.  As long as you do
not copy any code, you will not be creating a derived work, and hence
will not be bound by the GPL in any way.  There is, AFAIK, no dispute
about this.


Måns Rullgård

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