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License-Related: Can you use ProM-Plugins without being subject to viral GPL?
as part of a thesis I am currently working on integrating an (somewhat automated) process discovery-feature into a PAIS.
Since ProM 6.3, the ProM-Core is under the viral GNU GPL, while most Plugins (also the ones interesting to me) are under L-GPL.
, is is stated that "[...] you can download and install the plug-ins [that are under L-GPL] without restrictions, and that
you are free to distribute software that uses these plug-ins using your
own license. However, [...]".
My understanding what follows: To run ProM-Plugins, you need to provide instances of classes in the core, e. g. 'context' as a parameter. To create these instances, I have to use software, that is under GPL, so I can only distribute the resulting Project as a whole under GPL.
Am I correct with that understanding or do I miss something here? Where exactly does the GPL-relevant part begin? Because my understanding seems to contradict with the statement from the website mentioned above.
P.S. I was also wondering how the Plugins evade the GPL, as they also depend on, import and use classes that I think belong to the Core.