XML, linking code, and the GPL

by Simon St. Laurent

Related link: http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/200202/msg01411.html

James Michael DuPont asks about ways in which XML and Web Services may be changing the nature of linking between code, and implications for the GPL.

It's not entirely clear where the boundaries of linkage lie. SOAP connections are not compiled into the code, but can establish very tight API connections over a network or even on the same computer between code of various types.

It'll be interesting to see where this one goes, and what if anything happens to licensing as a result.

Do XML and Web Services change the nature of linking? Or is this just old news repackaged yet again?