I can't understand the last line of this GPL license.

Copyright (C) 2011 Some Name

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA

Linking SOMEAPP statically or dynamically with other modules is making a combined work based on SOMEAPP. Thus, the terms and conditions of the GNU General Public License cover the whole combination.

In addition, as a special exception, the copyright holders of SOMEAPP give you permission to combine a portion of SOMEAPP with other binary code ("Program") under any license the copyright holders of Program specified, provided the combined work is produced by SOMEAPP.

I want to know can I use this code in a shareware application.


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No, you cannot use this code unless your shareware application is also licensed under the GPL.

You could ask the original copyright holder to license the code to you under a different license.

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