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Re: [GPL] No linking with proprietary programs: where?

On Tue, Mar 14, 2000 at 04:21:18PM +0100, Tomasz Wegrzanowski wrote:
> > 
> > That said, I think we can all pretty well agree that copying code verbatim 
> > from or into the body of a program's source code is covered by the GPL and
> > that this discussion can safely end here. I'm tired of hearing about it. 
> If tehy made headers public domain, would it resolve problem ?

If you look at it from a very weird angle it may look like it. Maybe it will
solve the legal problems if you are careful at not distributing the
executable (which is not executable any more :) with the library objects.

First, if you distribute them together, the situation is quite clear, as the
work as a whole includes the libraries.

However, even if you don't, you can make the point that the work as a whole
includes the libraries anyway, as the executable will be useless without

If you can provide a functional and free stub library, perhaps with limited
functionality, it is much simpler (because now you can ship this). I think
this was done with libreadline (or planned at least).


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