[sane-devel] Canon Scanner P-208 II

Olaf Meeuwissen paddy-hack at member.fsf.org
Sun Sep 25 08:23:22 UTC 2016

Hi Thomas,

Thomas Geier writes:

> But they link their code against SANE, and SANE is GPL licensed.

They link *some* of their code against *some* parts of SANE, and SANE is
GPL licensed *with a special exception* for the bulk of its code.

> So doesn't this enforce their code to be GPL licensed, independent of
> what they say?

That depends entirely on what parts of their they link with what parts
of the SANE code *and* how the various pieces of their "backend" work.

Although I have not conducted a thorough investigation, I do not think
that their backends violates the license under which the SANE Project
releases it code.

Hope this helps,
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