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Re: LGPL module linked with a GPL lib

Raul Miller writes:

> On 7/28/05, Michael Poole <mdpoole@troilus.org> wrote:
>> What statute or case law supports this position?  Comparison to
>> Grokster et al doesn't hold, for reasons that should have been
>> obvious: The GPL explicitly allows a user to use and modify code in
>> any way the user sees appropriate; section 2 only kicks in when you
>> "copy and distribute such modifications."  The standard way that one
>> uses GPLed program is by linking its compiled form with other works at
>> runtime.  It is simply bizarre to suggest that a software author is
>> liable for contributory copyright infringement by providing a means
>> for a user to do something that the user is explicitly permitted to
>> do.
> I don't think that the point is that people would be going to jail for
> violating the GPL.
> GPL violators appear to face several potential penalties:

Potential penalties are irrelevant to my question.  You assume a
priori that such linking is a violation of the GPL.  My question was
why that assumption is valid.  As I explained above, his citation of
case law does not fit the facts.

Michael Poole

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