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GPL Questions

Jun 17, 2010 | 1 minute read

I’m looking into a project that can be most easily accomplished via a component that is licensed under the GPL.

This means I get to join the large group of people wondering just what the bounds of the GPL are.

  • If I modify the component, and redistribute it, I have to release my mods under GPL.
  • If I modify the component, but it’s only used via http access by some client, and I distribute the client, does the client have to be GPLed? What about the modified component? Does it count as distribution?
  • If I don’t modify the component, and it’s only used via http access by some client, and I distribute the client, does the client have to be GPLed? What about the modified component? Does it count as distribution?

My feelings (and assumptions) are that the second and third cases do not require the modified component to be GPLed nor the client. But I don’t really know, and the language doesn’t make it clear.