[Chicago-talk] Perl binaries
Michael D. Stemle, Jr.
manchicken at notsosoft.net
Fri Oct 27 11:03:18 PDT 2006
That's not true for many modules. IIRC, any modules that are GPLed code or
link to libs/modules/code that is GPLed would be illegal to use in this
On Friday 27 October 2006 12:43, Jonathan Rockway wrote:
> johnnnnnnn wrote:
> > But the legal question remains: in what way is releasing binary forms
> > of Perl apps illegal?
> It's not. This is why RMS doesn't like the Perl license; it explicitly
> allows for binary-only distribution:
> > 4. You may distribute the programs of this Package in object code or
> > executable form, provided that you do at least ONE of the following:
> > a) distribute a Standard Version of the executables and library
> > files, together with instructions (in the manual page or equivalent) on
> > where to get the Standard Version.
> > b) accompany the distribution with the machine-readable source of
> > the Package with your modifications.
> > c) give non-standard executables non-standard names, and clearly
> > document the differences in manual pages (or equivalent), together
> > with instructions on where to get the Standard Version.
> > d) make other distribution arrangements with the Copyright Holder.
> As long as you call your app something other than "perl" or "ls", you're
> legally in the clear.
> If, as a Free Software author, you want people using your library to
> open source their application, license your module ONLY under the GPL.
> Then binary-only redistribution becomes illegal (as long as you have
> enough money to successfully sue the infringer, which you probably don't).
> Expect resistance from other people though, as it's considered
> "anti-social" to license your CPAN modules under something other than
> the Perl license. (I can see the value in this, which is why I
> dual-license my modules. But for everything else I stick with the GPL.)
> Hope this helps.
> Jonathan Rockway
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