Subject: Re: Corba interfacesand GPL freedom
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2003 02:03:28 -0400

Iain Barker scripsit:

> A GPL application is modified by a vendor of non-free software, who adds a
> Corba server API to the application. The vendor releases the source code to
> the GPL application and modifications per the GPL terms.

The improvements *to the program* are freely available.  The client is not,
but given the free nature of the server, it is possible to reverse engineer
a different client.

> Non-free applications could also
> be used as Corba servers to a GPL client application in the same manner.

The freedom of Mozilla is not reduced by the fact that many useful Web
sites run IIS.

John Cowan
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