Subject: Perl artistic license : embeding a perl interpreter
From: Olivier Garcia <>
Date: 05 Nov 2002 11:28:34 +0100

 05 Nov 2002 11:28:34 +0100

I would like to know if it's legal to put a perl interpreter (the
standard one) into a closed source commercial program (in C) in order to
allow users to add/modify program functionalities via perl scripting.

As I understand the artistic license
(, it's possible to do
so if : 

* the commercial program is distributed with standard version of
libraries (para n4)
* the program is linked with those libraries (para n5)

But I'm not sure with the para n8 : 

> Aggregation of this Package with a commercial distribution is always 
> permitted provided that the use of this Package is embedded; that is, 
> when no overt attempt is made to make this Package's interfaces 
> visible to the end user of the commercial distribution. Such use shall
> not be construed as a distribution of this Package.

I'm not sure to understand the "that is, ... Package." part.



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