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Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:01:31 -0400
From: Rich Rumble <>
Subject: Re: unrar license is not compatible with gpl, it is not
 free at all

On Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 8:33 PM, magnum <> wrote:
>> We have many examples of a "GPL with OpenSSL exception" (like curl for example), but I haven't seen such thing for rar. 7zip is the first example I've seen, thanks for that.
7zip states it's GPL with LGPL for unrar
7-Zip is open source software. Most of the source code is under the
GNU LGPL license. The unRAR code is under a mixed license: GNU LGPL +
unRAR restrictions. Check license information here: 7-Zip
license.(which I linked to)
> So am I in trouble for merely supervising the de-facto official GitHub repos? If I am, I will just drop them without notice and teach my kids a fargin' truckload of foul words.
> Solar, I believe you are fairly competetent with issues like this. Please advice if you can. or more specifically's
license does seem to indicate that as long the text in paragraph 2 is
present in the source of the modified (unrar) code, it's ok to use...
Distribution of modified Unrar source in separate form or as a part of
other software is permitted, provided that it is clearly stated in the
documentation and source comments that the code may not be used to
develop a RAR (WinRAR) compatible archiver.
Which I think we are abiding by and certainly not creating an archiver.
The "unarchiver" I liked to is "approved" by the FSF for rar-v3 (both
archiver and decompressor)

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