[plt-scheme] License question

From: hendrik at topoi.pooq.com (hendrik at topoi.pooq.com)
Date: Sat Mar 10 08:10:53 EST 2007

On Sat, Mar 10, 2007 at 06:14:46AM -0600, Robby Findler wrote:
> I'm certain that none of us would even consider hanging, drawing, or
> quartering for that. In fact, we tried to pick a license that would
> allow you to avoid abuse of any kind for using our software in a
> commercial setting.
> Robby

Some musings I've seen from the FSF (I believe it was from 
Stallman himself) indicated that although an interpreted program is not 
considered linked to the interpreter, if it uses the interpreter to 
access libraries, then the interpreted program might be considered 
linked to those libraries.

The clearest LGPL variant I've seen for permitting commercial use is the 
wxwindows license:


It may be too late to track down all the contributors to get approval 
for a license change, but you might want to consider the wxwindows
license for new code.

-- hendrik

> On 3/9/07, Greg Johnston <greg.johnston at gmail.com> wrote:
> >On 3/9/07, John Clements <clements at brinckerhoff.org> wrote:
> >> I don't see a response on the list, so perhaps others were also
> >> confused by your message.  Are you suggesting that the automatic
> >> inclusion of (require)'d libraries into the executable renders your
> >> code a part of the executable and therefore that the LGPL requires
> >> you to distribute it?  My understanding (I'm approximately 25%
> >> certain of this) is that this is not the case (though it might be
> >> with the "real" GPL), and that you're free to distribute an
> >> executable that includes your compiled code along with the DrScheme
> >> compiled code _without_ making your source code freely accessible.
> >>
> >> Again: LGPL != GPL.  But you knew that already, right?
> >>
> >> IANAL, etc...
> >
> >Cool. I completely understand that YANAL (me either...hence the
> >question :-p ) but does the group at large (particularly PLT
> >developers) believe that it is fair to suggest that I might do this
> >without being hung, quartered, and drawn?
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Greg
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