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Re: LGPL module linked with a GPL lib

On Thu, Jul 28, 2005 at 09:19:15AM -0700, Ken Arromdee wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Jul 2005, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > > Anyway, the person who "recombines" the "film" and "track", in the
> > > case of dynamic linking, is the *USER*, in the process of using the
> > > program, and copyrights protection do not apply at that moment, as
> > > per 17USC.
> > You Are Wrong. Under US law, this is Contributory Infringement, which
> > carries a full array of jail terms. SCOTUS just upheld it against
> > Grokster a few weeks ago. Providing an automated system for users to
> > perform infringing acts, with the sole intent of aiding them in
> > performing those acts, is the same as doing them yourself.
> But that doesn't apply in the case of automatic systems for users to do the
> link.  The GPL allows users to do what they want privately, so the users
> aren't performing infringing acts themselves.

So your theory is that this is okay because users cannot ever possibly
do anything aside from private use and other actions that the GPL
doesn't restrict? I'm afraid there's a gaping hole in that one...

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