Re: [xsl] Generated Code: GPL Protected?

Subject: Re: [xsl] Generated Code: GPL Protected?
From: "Bob Foster" <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 30 May 2003 00:30:05 -0500
From: "Jason Varsoke" <jvarsoke@xxxxxxxxx>
> I have an open source project hosted at and most of my
> code is in the CVS.  I've recently started taking the more mundane
> objects written in Java and turned them into XML data and wrote an XSL
> to create the Java code automagically.
> In the CVS I'm about to delete the old Java Source code and replace it
> with the XML and XSL (which auto-generates the source).
> So my question is will the generated source be protected by the GPL?
> (and yes it will contain header with the license).

It's covered if you are the author (however removed) and you say it is.

> The reason I ask is that typically data generated from running a
> program is not covered under the GPL.  For example: gcc, CGIs etc.

That is a choice made by the authors, has nothing to do with how the 'data'
were produced.


> I could always only put the generated code into the CVS, but well, it's
> not really what a CVS is for (generated things).
> thanks,
> -j
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