[GRASS-user] licensing question: calling GRASS GIS modules via the grass.script API in an MIT/Apache licensed script ?

Moritz Lennert mlennert at club.worldonline.be
Tue May 7 01:42:00 PDT 2019


We work with a company on a project where we use GRASS GIS to calculate 
accessibility indicators. The main output we provide is a Python script 
which calls GRASS GIS modules via the grass.script API. The company is 
willing to make this script free software, but would like to license it 
with a permissive license such as MIT or Apache.

I would think that calling GRASS GIS modules in a script does not 
automatically imply the script has to be GPL, but what about the use of 
the Python API ?

I would think that this case falls in the grey area described at [1] and 
have tendency to think that MIT/Apache license would be allowed.

Does anyone have a more informed opinion ?


[1] https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#MereAggregation

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