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Re: Trolltech GPL violation?

Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org> writes:

> On Sun, Jan 01, 2006 at 11:25:35AM -0500, Brian Nelson wrote:
>> <halbtaxabo-debml@yahoo.com> writes:
>> > Trolltech releases the "Open Source Edition" of Qt
>> > under the GPL. The complete package downloadable from
>> > their website includes the libraries, tools like
>> > qtdesigner, and documentation in .html format. Source
>> > code for the libraries and tools is provided.
>> >
>> > However, no source code is provided for the .html
>> > documentation files.
>> The "source code" for the documentation is embedded as comments in the
>> program source code, in a doxygen-like way.
>> Trolltech has not, to my knowledge, released the tool they use to
>> generate the HTML from the comments.
> Then we do indeed have (yet again) a non-redistributable Qt bundle -
> the GPL explicitly includes such tools as 'source', with the singular
> exception that it doesn't include things normally shipped with the
> operating system (like generic compilers).

It's also licensed under the QPL, which does not have this requirement.

> I don't see how Trolltech are violating anything though, since they
> own the copyright. They just aren't being particularly useful, so we
> can't redistribute the offending html documents. Do we?


Captain Logic is not steering this tugboat.

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