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Authored by: Ian Al on Friday, December 07 2012 @ 04:06 AM EST
GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE

Version 2, June 1991

Copyright Notice:

Copyright (C) 1989, 1991 Free Software Foundation, Inc. 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA

Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.
7. If, as a consequence of a court judgment or allegation of patent infringement or for any other reason (not limited to patent issues), conditions are imposed on you (whether by court order, agreement or otherwise) that contradict the conditions of this License, they do not excuse you from the conditions of this License. If you cannot distribute so as to satisfy simultaneously your obligations under this License and any other pertinent obligations, then as a consequence you may not distribute the Program at all. For example, if a patent license would not permit royalty-free redistribution of the Program by all those who receive copies directly or indirectly through you, then the only way you could satisfy both it and this License would be to refrain entirely from distribution of the Program.

If any portion of this section is held invalid or unenforceable under any particular circumstance, the balance of the section is intended to apply and the section as a whole is intended to apply in other circumstances.

It is not the purpose of this section to induce you to infringe any patents or other property right claims or to contest validity of any such claims; this section has the sole purpose of protecting the integrity of the free software distribution system, which is implemented by public license practices. Many people have made generous contributions to the wide range of software distributed through that system in reliance on consistent application of that system; it is up to the author/donor to decide if he or she is willing to distribute software through any other system and a licensee cannot impose that choice.

This section is intended to make thoroughly clear what is believed to be a consequence of the rest of this License.

8. If the distribution and/or use of the Program is restricted in certain countries either by patents or by copyrighted interfaces, the original copyright holder who places the Program under this License may add an explicit geographical distribution limitation excluding those countries, so that distribution is permitted only in or among countries not thus excluded. In such case, this License incorporates the limitation as if written in the body of this License.

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Regards
Ian Al
Software Patents: It's the disclosed functions in the patent, stupid!

[ Reply to This | Parent | # ]

This allows them to be statically linked
Authored by: Wol on Friday, December 07 2012 @ 07:07 AM EST
I think you've totally misunderstood here ...

Your "as long as they are not modified from an open-source version" is
TOTALLY wrong.

If I want to ship an LGPL library with my proprietary program, I have two
choices.

Either (a) make it a dynamic link library, so that the *user* can rebuild and
replace it without affecting the rest of my program

Or (b) provide my program with a build environment so the customer can replace
the library and build a new executable.

In both cases I am completely free to modify the library.

If I ship an UNMODIFIED library as a statically linked part of an executable, I
am IN BREACH of the GPL. (Okay, that breach only starts when my customer asks
for the build environment, but as soon as I ship the executable I'm setting
myself up for trouble ...)

Cheers,
Wol

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