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Re: using GPL api to be used in a properietary software

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: using GPL api to be used in a properietary software
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 15:05:04 +0100

Stefaan A Eeckels wrote:
>                            It is indeed the opionion of
> the FSF that any form of linking (static, dynamic, or whatever
> technology brings us next) makes the resulting binary a
> derivative work of both programs. While this is perfectly
> true in case of static linking, 

This is perfectly false in case of static linking as well. The 
distiction between derivative works and compilations is not that
hard to grasp. Statically linked executable is a mere aggregation 
of a bunch of preexisting works. It is the same as an archive 
containing same bunch of dynamically linked components.

>                                 where the binary contains
> transformations of both programs, it is far less clear that

What "transformations" are you talking about? Software is protected 
as literary works and binary form is equivalent of source code as 
far as copyright law is concerned.

As for FSF's FAQ/"legal notes"/etc., that silly stuff reflects the 
state of affairs in the GNU Republic only... where "free" means 
"free as in bombs":


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