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From Saviely <>
Subject re: Ant licensing issues (fwd)
Date Mon, 23 Oct 2000 13:24:32 GMT
You may find this useful, if you need to link against non-free programs
while using GPL.

I assume this won't land on, like last night...


On Mon, 23 Oct 2000, Free Software Foundation wrote:
> Yes, if your software *requires* the Java standard libraries without
> question, and will not work in Kaffe, there could be licensing issues.  They
> are solvable, of course, if you are the copyright on the software.
> To use the GPL in this case, you must provide the licensee special
> permission to use your software with the proprietary software in question.
> To do this, you declare a special exception, wholly outside of the GPL, in
> your permission notice.  This exception gives the licensee special permission
> that is not given by the GPL.  Here is what your permission notice might
> look like:
>    Copyright (C) yyyy  <name of copyright holder>                             
>     This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
>     it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
>     the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
>     (at your option) any later version.
>     This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
>     but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
>     GNU General Public License for more details.
>     You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
>     along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
>     Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA
>     As a special exception, <name of copyright holder> gives permission to
>     link this program with <FOO>, and distribute the resulting executable,
>     without including the source code for <FOO> in the source distribution.
> <FOO> would be the official name of the specific software package that your
> program must link against to work properly.  You can include multiple
> paragraphs like the last one if there are additional programs.

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