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Re: Corel's apt frontend

On Wed,  3 Nov 1999 12:29:38 -0800 (PST), Bruce Perens <bruce@perens.com> wrote:
>From: uh01hllg@umail.furryterror.org (Zygo Blaxell)
>> Does this mean that as long as a developer writes their own headers, they
>> can link anything they want to against a GPLed .so file without infringing
>> on the GPL?  
>The creation of non-GPL headers for the purpose of linking in a GPL library
>is a device created explicitly for the circumvention of the library's
>copyright, and would not protect you from being liable for infringement.

If this is true, then the Wine project would seem to be in serious
trouble, wouldn't it?  After all, the _entire_ Wine project is "a device
created explicitly for circumvention of the library's copyright", where
"the library" is the Windows runtime DLL set.  When Wine is finished,
it won't be necessary to copy Windows at all, which "circumvents Windows'
copyright" in IMHO the cleanest way possible.  ;-)

Or does what you said apply only when the developer ships the GPL library
along with a non-GPL application built with non-GPL headers?  When is
that different from "aggregation on the same media"?


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