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Re: GPL2 incompatible with Apache 2.0


Hi and sorry to be late to reply


I am not a lawyer, but what is your GPL product? If it's not a
library, then I don't see how the testing code could be considered a
derivative of it, so the GPL might conceivably not apply.


Best regards
Edward

On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 12:58 PM, Claudius Heine <ch@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi Andreas,
>
> On Wed, 2017-10-11 at 16:35 +0200, Andreas Schneider wrote:
>> On Monday, 9 October 2017 14:03:51 CEST Claudius Heine wrote:
>> > Hi,
>>
>> Hi Claudius,
>>
>> > we would like to use cmocka in a GPL2 project and have already
>> > written
>> > the test suite for it using cmocka. Then we found out that
>> > according to
>> > the Apache Foundation and FSF [1] the Apache 2.0 and GPL2 license
>> > are
>> > incompatible. Relicensing our project is not so easy and we might
>> > have
>> > to switch our testing code to a different framework.
>> >
>> > Is it possible to dual-license cmocka as MIT, BSD or GPL2? Or
>> > explicitly allow usage in GPL2 projects?
>>
>> I htink that will not be possible. cmocka is a fork of cmockery by
>> Google,
>> because cmockery is unmainted. I don't think that Google will agree
>> to a
>> license change. Maybe an exception for allowing the GPL2 would be
>> possible but
>> really hard to get. I would have to talk to the lawyers of Google for
>> that ...
>
> Thanks for your input!
>
>> Is your software really GPLv2 only?
>
> We will discuss further steps. But since changing a dependency might be
> easier than working through a legal processes, I suppose we do the
> first. But we'll have to see.
>
> Thanks again,
> Claudius
>
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