Re: GPL-licensed packages with depend-chain to OpenSSL
On Fri, Sep 10, 2004 at 04:38:04PM -0400, Glenn Maynard wrote:
> So, you don't need an extreme example. It's perfectly valid for one to
> take Emacs, link it against OpenSSL, and distribute binaries, as long as
> OpenSSL doesn't accompany it.
In the U.S., at least, "linking it against OpenSSL" probably counts as
"accompanying it", even if the binaries for the OpenSSL library do not
appear on the same distribution media as the binaries for Emacs.
> This only becomes a problem when Debian, or some other OS distributor,
> wants to distribute those binaries.
Can you name any legal principles (or cite any court precedents) to back
up your point of view?
> > Of course, another issue is: does anyone really care about this kind
> > of thing?
> > If people do, perhaps the right place to start would be to create a
> > dummy package which conflicts with all packages which provide software
> > only available under a gpl-compatible license.
> Do you mean GPL-incompatible?
Yeah, oops. Thanks.