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About Eclipse Plug-ins, EPL and GPL [message #650069] Fri, 21 January 2011 15:44
Rafael Angarita is currently offline Rafael AngaritaFriend
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Registered: November 2010
Hello all,

As the EPL FAQ says "I'm a programmer not a lawyer", but there is a big confussion here at my organization regarding this topic. I have read the EPL FAQ, the PQL FAQ, the entry at Life at Eclipse blog:, this article of the FSF: http:// ns and many other things I have found.

We would like to release our Eclipse Plug-in under GPL, but we use many others EPL plug-ins. I think our plug-in is not a derivative work since we just use other things, we have not modified third party code.

I could distribute my plug-in apart from the Eclipse platform, so the end user would have to download my plug-in, Eclipse, and the other plug-ins that my plug-in make use of.

We have difficulties here due to the different interpretations everybody has about this topic, and I have to ask here before getting advise of a legal counselor.

What do you guys think? Could I distribute my plug-in under GPL?

Thank you very much. I really appreciate your help.

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