[kramdown-users] kramdown license

Shawn Van Ittersum svicalifornia at gmail.com
Sat Mar 13 12:20:23 EST 2010


Hi Thomas,

Why did you choose GPL over the MIT license? So many Ruby projects use  
the MIT license, and being more permissive, it would help your library  
spread to more widespread and greater use. :)

Shawn
[sent from mobile phone]

On Mar 13, 2010, at 10:45 PM, Thomas Leitner <t_leitner at gmx.at> wrote:

> On Sat, 13 Mar 2010 12:32:19 +0100, Thomas Leitner wrote:
>> On Fri, 12 Mar 2010 15:56:41 -0500, Jim Gay wrote:
>>>
>>> On Mar 12, 2010, at 3:05 PM, Thomas Leitner wrote:
>>>
>>>> On Fri, 12 Mar 2010 09:47:15 -0500, Jim Gay wrote:
>>>>> Under what license is kramdown provided?
>>>>>
>>>>> We're looking to include it in RadiantCMS which uses the MIT
>>>>> license.
>>>>
>>>> kramdown is licensed under the GPLv3, see the COPYING file in the
>>>> distribution.
>>>
>>> Thanks. If I'm understanding this correctly, as long as we are
>>> distributing verbatim copies and including the license for kramdown
>>> we've got nothing to worry about with regard to the distribution
>>> under MIT. Can you tell me if I'm correct?
>>
>> I can't really tell you since I'm not a lawyer ;-) However, I found
>> [this article (and the comments)][1] and it seems that this is  
>> allowed
>> by the GPL as long as you don't modify the source but just use it.
>
> After some more research I found that some other web sites say that
> this is only possible if RadiantCMS is distributed under the GPL.
>
> So I suggest that you contact the FSF and ask them - they should
> know!
>
> Best regards,
>  Thomas
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