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Re: [chat] LGPL license w/o GPL infection
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- Subject: Re: [chat] LGPL license w/o GPL infection
- From: Andre Pang <ozone@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun Oct 14 21:13:01 2001
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On Sun, Oct 14, 2001 at 08:01:19PM +1000, invisible ink wrote:
> > i'm looking for a license similar to the LGPL, but with no
> > 'infection' if you statically link the source code into another
> > program.
> Terrible word! Infection does not imply an active choice - when choosing to
> use the GPL or LGPL you have full disclosure and should have full
> understanding of the requirements.
Yes, I was being lazy my wording; I should be more careful in the
future (especially now that anti-OSS and anti-FSF people like to
use that word a lot in describing the GPL). My apologies.
> > 1. If you modify the source code, you must make your
> > modifications freely available under the same license.
> > 2. If your project uses this code, you do _not_ have to make
> > your project available under the same license.
> > 3. Statically linking against this library (or program,
> > whatever) is fine. You do not have to make your program
> > available under the terms of this license if you do this.
> > However, see (1) if you make modifications to source code
> > in this program.
> > I believe the LGPL fulfils points 1 and 2, but not 3.
> Check section 6 of the LGPL; specifically "you must do ONE of these things".
> Only one of which is using a shared library mechanism. The others involve
> disclosure of source (as you've mentioned, see point 1 in your list) and
> other documentation.
I just read it about 6 times, and call me stupid ("You're
stupid"), but I still can't see how that allows the user to
statically link an LGPLed program against their own work without
disclosing source code. I'm a bit confused about your answer --
did you misread 'static' as 'shared' in my original post?
> I can get further information from the Sun guys involved in GNOME about
> this, as their legal team covered this ground over and over before joining
> the GNOME Project. Unfortunately it's "Sun"day. ;)
If it's annoying, don't worry about it, although I'm certainly not
going to object if you want to do that :). Thanks lots for the
input so far!
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