MySQL vs Joomla/Drupal/Wordpress re GPL requirements

Lynn Fredricks lfredricks at proactive-intl.com
Fri Dec 20 01:36:55 EST 2013


> But speaking for myself only, until I can find clear legal 
> precedent on this, I'm erring on the conservative side, only 
> interfacing with any GPL-governed work within a server-side 
> product via GPL-governed code.
> 
> Am I being too conservative?  On what legal basis could I 
> have complete confidence in any other position?

When it comes to IP, I don't think you can have complete confidence in any
position outside of sticking a finger in and guessing the direction of the
tide.

I think this case is going to ultimately give us a direction:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oracle_v._Google

This part especially:

' However, on the primary copyright issue of the APIs, the court ruled that
"So long as the specific code used to implement a method is different,
anyone is free under the Copyright Act to write his or her own code to carry
out exactly the same function or specification of any methods used in the
Java API. It does not matter that the declaration or method header lines are
identical." The ruling found that the structure Oracle was claiming was not
copyrightable under section 102(b) of the Copyright Act because it was a
"system or method of operation." '

Which of course makes a lot of sense. What I find more concerning are patent
claims.

Best regards,

Lynn Fredricks
President
Paradigma Software
http://www.paradigmasoft.com

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