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It is a difficult subject.

I wont be distributing the modified versions of the GPL software, but exporting them as web services only for GPLed users. To protect them from usage by non-free software, the RGPL is applied to the XML output.

I cannot limit the output of a GPL program, or change its license, but as a webservice, the gcc under GPLv2 does not have to be redistributed in source.

I can offer the data needed to the free software development community as an incentive to write free code.

>Another problem with this, which hadn't occured to me >before, is that trying to change the license with a patch >is a very good way of breaking the GPL itself.

I intend on patching the GPLed program with a private patch, extracting XML, which has no license, and licensing the output as RGPL via a webservice. Because the GPL program would never be redistributed there is not a problem. Because there is no linkage, there is not derived work.

The authors will not WANT the XML patch distributed, because then anyone can then dump out the trees.

mike


In reply to Re: Re: Re: Errr.. no.. by mdupont
in thread OT: A Modest Proposal for a GNU infrastructure license RGPL by mdupont

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