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Re: Can LGPL be used for non-libraries

From: Daniel Qarras
Subject: Re: Can LGPL be used for non-libraries
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2006 17:59:23 +0200
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John Hasler wrote:

Daniel Qarras writes:

Surely if I make some minor changes to, e.g., OO.o's Writer it does not
turn into "a software library". How come that OO.o and other non-library
programs can use LGPL even if they not "libraries"?

There should be a "Copyright" file covering this and other exceptions and

I inspected a bit more; GPP (Generic Preprocessor) is a GNU package, licenced under LGPL 2.1, not a software library, and copyrighted by FSF and GPP authors. There are two files that refer to licensing issues and they are COPYING and README. COPYING is just a verbatim copy of LGPL text. README just refers to COPYING for licensing terms. If there should be a "Copyright" or similar file covering exceptions such as software being non-library, is there now in fact a licensing problem with GNU GPP?

GPP page at FSF is at:

Sorry for being pedantic here but I am considering to use LGPL for a software package that is not a software library in any sense and therefore I would need to know exactly how to do it when LGPL is actually requiring modifications to be software libraries.


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