[Pipet Devel] Re: kapi (was: Piper HOWTO)

J.W. Bizzaro jeff at bioinformatics.org
Tue Jan 30 01:05:48 EST 2001

Jean-Marc Valin wrote:
> > Otherwise, we'll probably have to distribute the library separately.  That's
> > the only legal alternative.
> No, that's not even an option... because then Pipers users wouldn't be allowed
> to use Piper commercially (as it would imply using the library commercially).
> This license is NOT compatible with the L(GPL), so it would be illegal to
> redistribute Piper if it links with this library (whether or not the library is
> separated from Piper). I'm no lawyer, but I've looked closely at the GPL a
> couple times.

You're right.  Using kapi as a separate, but required, library only solves the
problem for non-commercial users.  However, it makes the commercial use of
Piper illegal (the L/GPL cannot be mixed with commercial licenses).  Unless,
of course, we ammend the L/GPL and used a mixed license.  I don't want to do
that, though.

We're in a tight spot here.

J.W. Bizzaro                                           jeff at bioinformatics.org
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