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Re: [E-devel] evas and poppler

Algorithms are murky territory for copyright. If it could be shown that you have copied their code and just substituted variable/function names, then you would need to follow the GPL, but if it's just using the idea and completely reimplemented, theres no concern. It really just comes down to what the original project attempts to enforce.

On 2/13/06, Vincent Torri <Vincent.Torri@iecn.u-nancy.fr> wrote:

On Mon, 13 Feb 2006, Nathan Ingersoll wrote:

> I have no objections myself. The licensing is a little bit odd in my
> understanding. You could license your sourcecode as BSD, like most of E, as
> long as you don't copy code directly from poppler,

there's a function that I have not copy the code, but I have taken the
algo and used the Ecore list instead of GList (or GIterator, i can't
remember). So the algorithm is almost the same. Is it annoying ?


> but if you link against
> poppler then the executable will be GPL. So you end up with a situation
> where, if people get the code from CVS, they can consider it BSD licensed.
> If they are distributing the application, they need to treat it as GPL.
> On 2/13/06, Vincent Torri <Vincent.Torri@iecn.u-nancy.fr> wrote:
> >
> >
> > hello,
> >
> > for those who do not know, poppler is a library that can parse and render
> > pdf content to some kind of 'bitmaps'. I've written an evas frontend for
> > it. But the developpers don't want to include it in the poppler cvs until
> > "a couple of applications start using it". I don't know how people will
> > use that front end if it's not available.
> >
> > So I would like to add the evas front end (with three widgets (evas smart
> > one, ewl one and etk one) and with an example for all of them) in the
> > proto/ directory. In addition, it will be easier for us to maintain it.
> >
> > I recall that, as poppler takes code from xpdf, it's released under the
> > GPL licence.
> >
> > Is there any objection to add that 'epdf' library in proto/ ? (licence
> > (i don't know much about the problems related to licence) or something
> > else)
> >
> > Vincent
> >
> >
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