[Freegis-list] RE: Does Map data qualify under GNU/GPL?

Jack Varga jvarga at boulder.net
Fri Aug 8 12:42:41 CEST 2003


Quick followup.  The LGPL  (Lesser GPL) does specifically mention data...

0. This License Agreement applies to any software library or other 
program which contains a notice placed by the copyright holder or other 
authorized party saying it may be distributed under the terms of this 
Lesser General Public License (also called "this License"). Each 
licensee is addressed as "you".

A "library" means a collection of software functions and/or data 
prepared so as to be conveniently linked with application programs 
(which use some of those functions and data) to form executables.

http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html#SEC3


Jack Varga wrote:

> Nyon,
>
> GPL applies specifically to "programs or other work".  It does not, 
> however, specifically state anything about data, but I presume data 
> could fall under the realm of "other work."
>
> First term of GPL:
>
> 0. This License applies to any program or other work which contains a 
> notice placed by the copyright holder saying it may be distributed 
> under the terms of this General Public License. The "Program", below, 
> refers to any such program or work, and a "work based on the Program" 
> means either the Program or any derivative work under copyright law: 
> that is to say, a work containing the Program or a portion of it, 
> either verbatim or with modifications and/or translated into another 
> language. (Hereinafter, translation is included without limitation in 
> the term "modification".) Each licensee is addressed as "you".
>
> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html#SEC3
>
> Write rms at gnu.org or gnu at gnu.org. They're pretty good about responding 
> to such inquiries.  If neither GPL or LGPL covers data, they might be 
> able to direct you to a similar license that does.  Good question.  
> Please share your response with all of us.

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