RE: [xsl] Generated Code: GPL Protected?

Subject: RE: [xsl] Generated Code: GPL Protected?
From: "Martinez, Brian" <brian.martinez@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 30 May 2003 08:17:32 -0600
> From: Jason Varsoke [mailto:jvarsoke@xxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2003 7:12 PM
> Subject: [xsl] Generated Code: GPL Protected?
> 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? 

Interesting question, although off-topic for the list.

Typically, code generated from another tool is not automatically covered by
the license under which the tool is released, unless the developer states
otherwise.  It is up to the end-user of the product to determine which
license the generated code uses.

> (and yes it will contain header with the license).  

Then your code will be protected under the GPL.

Now, if you offer your code-generation tool to others, then you'll probably
want to remove the code that generates the license header, or at least make
it optional, otherwise you're restricting end-users to releasing their
generated code under the GPL.  It's a bit like Acrobat auto-generating Adobe
copyright notices on PDF documents.


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