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Re: GPL violation? (Was: v1.6 Enhanced SNACC Freeware)



[Resent mail, because I wasn't on the mailing lists.]

On Fri, Nov 14, 2003 at 08:38:16PM +0000, W. Borgert wrote:
> Hello,
> 
> On Fri, Nov 14, 2003 at 02:10:30PM -0500, Matt Bertapelle wrote:
> > The eSNACC ASN.1 library is totally unencumbered as stated 
> > in the Enhanced SNACC Software Public License.  All source code
> > for the eSNACC software is being provided at no cost and with no
> > financial limitations regarding its use and distribution.  
> > Organizations can use the eSNACC software without paying
> > any royalties or licensing fees.  
> 
> One question about the license: The original SNACC software
> has been released by it's authors under the terms of the GNU
> General Public License.  I am not a lawyer, but if I
> understand the GNU GPL correctly, you cannot change the
> license or apply an arbitrary license to a GPL software, if
> you are not the author/copyright holder.  The GPL also
> covers any new code by you, that is linked with SNACC
> ("derived work").  How does your license relate to the GNU
> GPL?  Is the license change legally OK?
> 
> Btw.: I very much appreciate, that you are working on SNACC
> and that you giving the code to the free software community.
> However, I must be 100% sure about the legal status of your
> efforts.  Please don't be annoyed!
> 
> Best regards,
> W. Borgert