Licensing question

Troy Rollo wine at
Wed Jan 4 15:14:45 CST 2006

On Thu, 5 Jan 2006 04:28, Dominic Wise wrote:
>> Hmmm... I thought from Dan Kegel's earlier response that it would be OK
> to put the function into a separate library (DLL) and release this
> library under a separate license to the rest of the application.

That is correct, as long as you provide source for the DLL.
> Anyone else have any thoughts on this? The 'inspiration' route seems
> like cheating to me.

It is a difficult area and best avoided unless you happen to be a lawyer and 
know exactly how far you can go. You would have to reduce the information in 
the original function to something that contained none of the original 
copyrightable expression and then reimplement from that. The problem is by 
the time you have done that you may as well be implementing from the original 
documentation (modulo anything that the implementation reveals about 
deficiencies in the documentation).

Troy Rollo - wine at

More information about the wine-devel mailing list