I was told using GPL code is a problem (mongrel) even if not modifying that code

I was told that we can’t use mongrel with JRuby because mongrel is GPL
and
based on lawyer language if we include mongrel then our code violates
some
situation where someone could claim our code should become free. I
always
thought this would only apply if we modified the mongrel code base in
any
way then we have to make that mongrel version available but this is not
what I am told but rather our code base (totally seperate from mongrel)
can’t use mongrel …

This is somehow related to black duck, but I am still confused about
what
is going on here

http://techrights.org/2012/11/06/perens-on-gpl-fud/

On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM, Jedrin [email protected] wrote:

I was told that we can’t use mongrel with JRuby because mongrel is GPL and
based on lawyer language if we include mongrel then our code violates some
situation where someone could claim our code should become free. I always
thought this would only apply if we modified the mongrel code base in any
way then we have to make that mongrel version available but this is not what
I am told but rather our code base (totally seperate from mongrel) can’t use
mongrel …

You need to consult your lawyer but Mongrel offers a permissive
license of their own under dual licensing:
https://github.com/mongrel/mongrel/blob/master/LICENSE you’ve the
option to choose which you like, mongrel2 is BSD:
https://github.com/zedshaw/mongrel2/blob/master/LICENSE

On Friday, October 11, 2013 12:13:44 PM UTC-4, Jordon B. wrote:

thought this would only apply if we modified the mongrel code base in
option to choose which you like, mongrel2 is BSD:
https://github.com/zedshaw/mongrel2/blob/master/LICENSE

oops … I meant to say mongoDB

On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 11:24 AM, Jedrin [email protected] wrote:

oops … I meant to say mongoDB

MongoDB’s license doesn’t affect your app because it goes through an
API to access the data. Their drivers (AKA the Ruby driver) are
Apache 2.0.

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