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Ocaml license - why not GPL?
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Date: 2005-01-29 (23:46)
From: Stefan Monnier <monnier@i...>
Subject: Re: Ocaml license - why not GPL?
>> The only thing that would be restricted would be if your program links
>> with or uses parts of the compiler itself.

> A commercial product may bundle and use the ocaml compilers and run-time in
> their entirety (e.g. by executing ocamlopt) without infringing the license.
> Commercial products may not link to or lift code from the compilers though,
> of course, as this counts as redistribution of a modification to the
> compiler.

The GPL does not put any restriction on commercial use.  Only on
proprietary use.  Do not confuse the two.

> IMHO, academics be encouraged by their funding bodies to release their
> code under an artistic/BSD license because they are funded by the tax
> payer.  Naturally, this shouldn't apply to me.
> Dr Jon D Harrop, Flying Frog Consultancy Ltd.

AFAIK much consulting work pays for the service, not for the code, in which
case GPL code can be used without any problem.