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

Olaf Meeuwissen olaf.meeuwissen at avasys.jp
Mon Nov 29 23:36:19 UTC 2010

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On 2010-11-30 02:14, m. allan noah wrote:
> 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.

A number of backends do not use this exception, either for all of their
code or part of it.

> 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.

Ed Hamrick had better check very carefully which part of the SANE
libraries he uses for Vuescan.

> 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?

Hope this helps,
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