[kramdown-users] kramdown license

Thomas Leitner t_leitner at gmx.at
Mon Mar 15 15:38:24 EDT 2010


On Mon, 15 Mar 2010 15:29:40 -0400, Jim Gay wrote:
> 
> On Mar 13, 2010, at 1:11 PM, Jim Gay wrote:
> 
> > On Mar 13, 2010, at 7:45 AM, Thomas Leitner 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!
> > 
> > I've just done that, thanks. I'll reply back with their answer if I
> > get one. As the holder of the copyright, would you be willing to
> > provide permission to bundle the software into Radiant regardless
> > of the legal opinion on GPL + MIT?
> > 
> > -Jim
> > 
> 
> For anyone interested, the answer seems to be that bundling GPL code
> is no problem, except for those that want to take the project and
> distribute a proprietary version with the GPL code intact.

Many thanks for posting the answer!!! It is good to know that is
possible to distribute a GPL library within a GPL-compatible application
but that this possibility ceases when turning the application into
proprietary software.

-- Thomas


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