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Re: GPL & Copyrights

On Sat, May 10, 2003 at 11:16:16PM +0100, Elfyn McBratney wrote:
>On Sun, 11 May 2003, Mario Ohnewald wrote:
>>I would like to use cygwin (Xfree) to work with a tool which i am gonna
>>code.  Cygwin will be the basement of the whole project.  Is it legal
>>to put cygwin into this project package?  I am not gonna change or
>>touch the actual code/files from cygwin.  As i know i can do this,
>>cause i do not change or sell it in any way.  My Project is going to be
>>open and unter the GPL, too.
>This page (<>) on the Cygwin web site
>pretty much says it all.  In a nut shell, if you distribute Cygwin or
>Cygwin packages (from the net release) you must provide sources with
>the accompanying binaries.

Thank you.  One would have to wonder why this is such an incredibly hard
concept for so many people to comprehend.

Note that the XFree86 binaries have their own license.

In general, if you are going to be using someone else's code you should
familiarize yourself thoroughly with the licensing of said code.  That's
just good sense.  I wouldn't recommend just listening to the email
voices, even mine (the head of the cygwin project, if not the
cygwin/xfree project).  It really really pays to understand what you're
doing so that you can confidently use the software and know what you're
getting into.
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