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I would like to release a library under the BSD license, on sourceforge.net. Is it legal to use automake(which is GPL'd) as the build system in the source package? Thanks, ...
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    Using Automake for BSD licensed project


    I would like to release a library under the BSD license, on sourceforge.net.

    Is it legal to use automake(which is GPL'd) as the build system in the source package?

    Thanks,
    Piyush.

    PS: Another memeber of the team already posted this question on Ubuntufoums, but then we thought that a Linux forum might be a better place for this question than a distribution-specific forum. Thanks.

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    Hello

    For legal issues, you should always seek the advice of a qualified attorney at law. Most of the users that post here are not lawyers and probably wouldn't want to get themselves in trouble over giving unqualified legal advice.

    You could also try contacting someone at the GPL website to see what advise they might be able to offer:

    The GNU General Public License v3.0 - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
    oz

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    Thanks for the information!


    --Piyush.

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    yes, it is perfectly fine to do that

    if you were modifying automake and including it with your software, then you might have issues

    if you are only building with it there is no problem

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    Thank you!

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