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RE: [eclipse-dev] GPL'd Plug-ins

Title: RE: [eclipse-dev] GPL'd Plug-ins
I thought I had seen something related to this at one point:
-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Orme [mailto:DaveO@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, June 09, 2003 2:56 PM
To: 'eclipse-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx'
Subject: RE: [eclipse-dev] GPL'd Plug-ins

> I've noticed that there are eclipse plug-ins available that
> are licensed under the GPL (but not from  I was
> just wondered if, given the incompatibility between the GPL
> and CPL, GPL'd  plug-ins are acceptable. 
> It seems to me that the when a GPL'd plug-in is loaded, the
> GPL would consume the framework unless the plug-in runs as a
> separate program and talks to the framework through some kind
> of IPC scheme (I'm not familiar with the details of how
> plug-ins are loaded in eclipse, I really doubt it works that way).
> Can anyone comment on whether or not GPL'd (not LGPL'd)
> plug-ins are ok form a licensing perspective?

IANAL; IBM's lawyers have created the following faq:

From the faq, it appears that publishing Eclipse plug-ins under the GPL is probably problematic (see point #12).


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