Subject: Re: Do I owe you money?
From: Keith Bostic <bostic@abyssinian.sleepycat.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2000 11:26:43 -0500 (EST)

> From: Ben_Tilly@trepp.com
>
> But there is a simple solution if this is a problem.  What you can do is
> build a stand alone open source application on top of the open source
> library, and then connect to that.  For instance the application can be
> a server with a well-defined API that you communicate to with a socket.

It's always risky to make a technical end-run around the license wording.
If it's clear that the copyright holder intends the software not be used
commercially, it's best to abide by their wishes.  If you've weasel-worded
your way around their copyright, a court can still decide to nail you.
Besides, even if you're successful, you've pissed them off, not a good
idea if their software is integral to your product, and their next release
will almost certainly block the loophole.

Also, some licenses explicitly disallow this kind of end-run, with phrases
like "uses the software" rather than "links to the software".

--keith