Topic "WinSCP license issue"

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BrainRogue
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WinSCP is currently distributed under the GNU GPLv3 license.

However, the \"licence\" file distributed with WinSCP does not contain the whole GPLv3 license, since it omits this part:

http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html#howto

Which is not allowed, as stated here:

http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#GPLOmitPreamble

This can be fixed by including the full text of the GPLv3, as given here:

http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.txt

The same is true about the About/License information within WinSCP, and the installer.
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martin
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Thanks for your post.

This issue has been added to tracker:
http://winscp.net/tracker/show_bug.cgi?id=800
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Issue partially fixed in 5.0.6 beta - the installer has full GPLv3, the license.txt contains the full GPLv3, but WinSCP.exe (in the About/License window) does not contain the full GPLv3.

Should WinSCP.exe read the license from license.txt anyway?
martin
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Issue partially fixed in 5.0.6 beta - the installer has full GPLv3, the license.txt contains the full GPLv3, but WinSCP.exe (in the About/License window) does not contain the full GPLv3.

Thanks. I have reopened the bug.

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Should WinSCP.exe read the license from license.txt anyway?

No. WinSCP.exe is selfcontained apllication, it does not rely on any other file.
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