GPL Violation

Ethan Blanton elb at
Mon Sep 28 14:11:35 EDT 2009

Yao Ko spake unto us the following wisdom:
> How about close-sourced UI that loads libpurple (eg. Meebo).  Is Pidgin GPL
> or LGPL?

Again, this has been well-hashed-out in the Internet, and is not
really a topic for pidgin-devel.  This particular discussion has even
been previously hashed out on our mailing lists.  Please do some
research before continuing this thread.

The FSF and other bodies have more or less agreed that Internet
services need not open source their components, as the binaries are
not actually distributed to the user.  You may read the GPL yourself
to understand why this is important.  This was one of the impetus for
the GPL v3.


The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws [that have no remedy
for evils].  They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
		-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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