Artilcle - loading Windows DLL's under Linux

Jakob Eriksson jakob at
Mon Feb 25 18:16:20 CST 2002

On Mon, Feb 25, 2002 at 02:25:18PM -0700, Brett Glass wrote:
> At 03:41 PM 2/25/2002, Nick Temple wrote:


> >The code has been "borrowed" and tweaked from the avifile distribution (which is GPL'd), originally borrowed from WINE (BSD license), and will be re-released under the GPL or LGPL once the article is published.
> It is not legal to do this. You can't change the license on existing code.
> If it was originally licensed under the WINE X11 license, you cannot legally
> change that. Which is a good thing. No one should be allowed to stamp a 
> virulent license on someone else's work without permission.

You are technically right. You can't change the license notice on for instance
X11 style licensed code. But you can combine X11 licensed code with other, GPL-ed code
and then the program as a whole must de distributed under GPL.


More information about the wine-devel mailing list