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- Subject: Re: Lua licensing thoughts
- From: Benjamin Tolputt <btolputt@...>
- Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2008 10:35:04 +1000
David Given wrote:
> While the GPL doesn't restrict what data a program *uses*, it *does*
> restrict your ability to redistribute that data. Lua bytecode is code
> --- it's a compiled program. Therefore, if the source that made it is
> GPLd, and you're not the original author, then you must provide a means
> to get the source if you want to redistribute it.
Actually, that is incorrect. That would imply that all programs compiled
with gcc are GPL'ed. One can GPL a virtual machine & compiler but
distribute the code they produce under any license provided the compiled
byte/native code does not contain significant portions of GPL'd product.
Simply put - even if Lua was GPL-licensed (which it is not, it is simply
GPL-compatible), the byte code it produces can be released under any
license the author chooses. The simple fact that there are
hundreds-to-thousands of non-GPL applications compiled by gcc and
distributed as binaries are proof of that.
Also remember, I doubt any of those who have spoken here are lawyers
(agreeing or disagreeing with me). As such, everything we say as
"absolute" should be checked with someone with legal backing. I would
suggest checking out the Free Software Foundation's website and/or ask
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