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Re: COPYING says GPL, but all headers say LGPL



On Wed, Jun 28, 2006 at 01:12:10PM +1000, Craig Small wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 28, 2006 at 11:02:01AM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> > 	It appears that, although the COPYING file and the website
> > claim that TreeView X is GPL, all the source files have Library GPL
> > headers (except the Nexus ones of course). Technically, what is the
> > licence of TreeView X? LGPL, or GPL?
> Both or neither, anyhow its a problem.

No, it's not.  The LGPL specifies that the user may redistribute the software
under the LGPL, or the GPL.  So you (as packager) can simply choose to do your
redistribution under the terms of the GPL.  It's a good idea to mention this
in the copyright file, of course.

> I would email the upstream author and ask them that you can see both
> licenses and which one is he/she/they using?

Clarification is always good, but there is no legal problem here.  If it's
GPL, you may distribute it as such, if it's LGPL, you may distribute it as GPL
as well.

Thanks,
Bas

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