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Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs
Date: 06 Jul 2004 16:34:03 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> Arnoud Engelfriet wrote:
> > 
> > Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> > > No judge in his right mind can ever consider linking to be
> > > exclusive privilege of software copyright owner.
> > 
> > I'm not sure that the Linux license status is comparable to other
> > GPL-licensed works. But in any case, without binding case law
> > a prudent lawyer must prepare for the worst. It may be unlikely,
> > but if the unlikely interpretation hurts your client, your
> > client should prepare for it.
> Yes. The only problem is that such "prudence" means tremendous loss 
> of world-wide productivity, it puts a barrier for many would-be-
> contributors, etc.

So you prefer falling over backwards and recommending recklessness.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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