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Re: pdflib again

Mark Rafn <dagon@dagon.net> writes:

> On Tue, 1 Apr 2003, Torsten Werner wrote:
>> On Tuesday, 2003-04-01 at 11:43:36 AM (-0500), Branden Robinson wrote:
>> >         All other uses not mentioned here require a commercial license.
>> > Restrictions on use violate DFSG 5 or 6; this one violates both, arguably,
>> > based on what you do and who you are.
>> I cannot see the difference to the GPL. The GPL requires that every
>> program that is linked against a GPLed library must be licensed as GPL.
> Not at all.  The GPL prohibits _distributing_ a GPL program linked against
> GPL-incompatible libraries.  Anyone is free to _use_ a GPL program as they
> see fit.  I can happily link any GPL software against anything I like, 
> though I'm not always allowed to distribute the result.

Not true.  Linking is considered modification by the FSF, so you need
to accept the license to link the GPL'd software against a library.

>> PDFlib lite requires that every program that is linked against PDFlib
>> lite must be OSS (OSI approved) *or* you must be a private or research
>> user. This is *or* but not *and* in my opinion. Don't you agree? What
>> exactly makes PDFlib lite non-free?
> The use restrictions make it non-free.  
> --
> Mark Rafn    dagon@dagon.net    <http://www.dagon.net/>  

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