[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.
> Regards,
> Jonathan Rockway

~ Michael D. Stemle, Jr. <><
(A)bort, (R)etry, (I)nfluence with large hammer
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 189 bytes
Desc: not available
Url : http://mail.pm.org/pipermail/chicago-talk/attachments/20061027/fd786509/attachment.bin 

More information about the Chicago-talk mailing list