legal problem for using DLL's
peter at transgaming.com
Wed Feb 18 13:21:33 CST 2004
Erik Dekeyser wrote:
> Dear WINE Developers,
> Briefly with Bricscad IntelliCAD we have an almost-clone of AutoCAD
> and we are very successfull in selling it to large corporations under
> a Coporate License Agreement. Several of our Corporate clients want to
> start with implementing LINUX in their organization. For their
> engineering departments they need an AutoCAD alternative that is 100%
> compatible with it and that can be learned by an AutoCAD user in less
> then 3 hours. BricsCad has invested a lot in making our version of
> IntelliCAD a stable, relaible and performant CAD software, that is so
> close to AutoCAD. We have it now ready in a beta version on LINUX. The
> products name will be BricsCad for Linux and will use WINE. BricsCad
> for Linux vs AutoCAD is comparable to what Open Office is vs MS
> Office. We will support three versions: Red Hat, Suse and Java
> Desktop. Press release is ready.
> OUR PROBLEM:
> We are wondering if we can distribute the Microsoft DLL's with the
> application without infringing the copyright of Microsoft. The
> alternative is rewrite some of them, but that would require a couple
> of months of development and postponing the release of the software.
> I guess we are not the only ones with this problem?
> Looking forward to your point of view
> Erik De Keyser
> CEO BricsCad
> www.bricscad.com <http://www.bricscad.com>
It all depends on what DLLs you wish to redistribute. Some are explictly
allowed to be and most others not. Generally doing a google for "name of
dll" and "redistributable" will provide you an answer.
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