[CentOS] GPL question

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Wed Sep 8 17:37:14 EDT 2010

On 9/8/2010 4:15 PM, Kevin Kempter wrote:
> Hi All;
> I have a GPL question - sorry if it's way off topic.
> We're pushing on a system that collects a variety of data points and pulls
> them into a single report. One of the modules we use is a 3rd party tool that
> generates an html report which equates to one of the pages on the report
> that's then delivered to the customer.
> In this scenario is the code that generates all the other modules/pages of the
> report subject to the GPL as well?

The answer might be complicated since it depends on whether the combined 
parts become a derivative work under copyright law.  In general, 
programs that run separately as independent steps an a process would not 
be derivatives of any other, while libraries or source combined in a 
single process probably are.  Things with a dynamic linking modular 
interface are sort of a gray area, especially if the recipient is 
expected to obtain and add modules on their own terms as necessary.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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