[aspectc-user] Aspect C++ license

Uri Moszkowicz uri at 4refs.com
Fri Dec 14 23:20:30 CET 2007

Hi Olaf,
Thanks for the reply. I will clarify the first question. The AspectC++
manual stats that "The compiler is freely available in binary form for
non-commercial use" on the first page. Since my company would be using this
tool commercially this statement implies that we could not use this program
without purchasing it. However, it only specifically mentions the "binary
form" which implies that the source form could be used commercially. I would
like clarification on license for using this tool - can my company freely
use it commercially?


On Dec 14, 2007 5:09 PM, Olaf Spinczyk <
Olaf.Spinczyk at informatik.uni-erlangen.de> wrote:

> Hi Uri,
> I am not completely sure if I understand your question. However, I can
> answer the second part:
> You can use ac++ to weave commercial code. The code, which is generated
> by ac++, is not covered by the GPL (as far as I understand the g++
> license, this is the same). It does not matter if you compile ac++
> yourself or download the binary version, which we provide on aspectc.org.
> I hope this helps.
> - Olaf
> Uri Moszkowicz wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I am interested in AspectC++ and would like to start using it where I
> > work but have some questions about licensing. The software source code
> > is released under the GPL v2+ license but the manual states that the
> > binary cannot be used for commercial purposes. Does this mean that to
> > use it for commercial purposes I have to compile the source? There is
> > no explicit license provided with the binary but if it was compiled
> > with the GPL source code then I suspect that the commercial
> > restriction is not allowed by GPL: "This program is free software".
> >
> > Does the AspectC++ compiler ever include GPL source code into woven
> > code? I'm wondering if executables produced from woven code would be
> > bound by GPL or whether it is considered a derivative work as with GCC.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Uri
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