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From Sergio Carvalho <sergio.carva...@acm.org>
Subject Re: OT: ESQL, MySQL, and the GPL
Date Tue, 14 Aug 2001 10:11:57 GMT

My first advise is: Contact a lawyer. You are not bound to find lawyers 
in this forum, and all you'll get are random opinions about GPL licensing.

Now, for my random opinion - I am not a lawyer, so take it with a ton of 
salt:
   (MySQL DB) I'm fairly sure you are not affected by a server's 
license.  For the server license to affect your work, your program would 
have to be considered derivative work, which is hardly the case for a 
standard SQL client. You can use MySQL, but with little or no 
modification, you can use any other RDBMS.
   (MM JDBC) Quoting from the LGPL preamble:
-- Start Quotation --
Most GNU software, including some libraries, is covered by the ordinary 
GNU General Public License. This license, the GNU Lesser General Public 
License, applies to certain designated libraries, and is quite different 
from the ordinary General Public License. We use this license for 
certain libraries in order to permit linking those libraries into 
non-free programs.

When a program is linked with a library, whether statically or using a 
shared library, the combination of the two is legally speaking a 
combined work, a derivative of the original library. The ordinary 
General Public License therefore permits such linking only if the entire 
combination fits its criteria of freedom. The Lesser General Public 
License permits more lax criteria for linking other code with the library.
-- End Quotation --

Don't know about the Apache license, though.

Chris Newland wrote:

> Hi All,
> 
> A quick question about licensing.
> 
> If I use the ESQL logicsheet (Apache license?) with the MM JDBC driver
> (LGPL) to connect to a MySQL DB server (GPL), is my XSP code protected from
> the GPL ?
> 
> Thanks, and sorry for the off-topic post.
> 
> -Chris
> 
> PS. If you don't already have this configuration listed:
> 
> Cocoon2b2 (distribution) working on Tomcat 4.0-b6 (distribution) on SuSE 7.2
> with Sun JDK 1.3.1-b24 (using -classic workaround for the VM seg fault bug)
> 
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