[sane-devel] sane is used by closed source software

m. allan noah kitno455 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 29 17:14:09 UTC 2010

To clarify Julien's statement further, SANE's license contains an
exception which allows exactly this kind of use. I personally don't
like this exception, but it is an artifact of the past, impossible to
change now.

But, Hamrick's decision to use SANE as a library instead of stealing
its code, is actually a step in the right direction. IMHO, this is
more in line with the original intent of the exception.


On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 12:04 PM, Gerber van der Graaf
<gerber.vdgraaf at gmail.com> wrote:
> A quick search learns me this is a GPL violation:
> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#IfLibraryIsGPL
> In case I am right, what can be done against this practice? Its quite a
> pity for all those contributors who generously provided their code to
> Sane and will be used in a closed source, commercial application. Should
> any contributor go after the author individually, or is there a common
> board who will take care of this, FSF for example?
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