GPL being violated

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Oliver Gordon

Mar 14, 2023, 12:58:47 PM3/14/23
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Hi there.

I just wanted you to be aware of a violation of the GPL.

TextAttack ( is quite a large library with a number of forks and stars, that claims to be MIT licensed. However, it has a number of depenencies, including gensim, that are GPL.

I have tried to make the owners aware (, and while they are quite active on other issues they have ignored this being brought to their attention

Gordon Mohr

Mar 15, 2023, 4:54:01 PM3/15/23
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Note: Gensim is licensed under the "Lesser" GPL (aka "LGPL"

I'm not a lawyer, but my understanding is that under the LGPL's terms, its usage as a library/dependency in non-GPL/non-copyleft projects is specifically allowed. So as far as I can tell, there's no violation concerning Gensim here.

Whether any of the other license-violations alleged of TextAttack in your issue <> are still a concern, I'm not sure. But note that another of the libraries you mention there (num2words) is also LGPL, and the `FuzzyTM` package may have only been pulled into TextAttack because Gensim has recently (erroneously) declared `FuzzyTM` as a dependency (even though its code is never called). That error has been corrected as of the latest 4.3.1 release on the Gensim side: 

- Gordon
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