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Re: GPL licenced Java application using non GPL jars (libraries)

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GPL licenced Java application using non GPL jars (libraries)
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 20:42:20 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> Stefaan A Eeckels wrote:
> [...]
>> The source code is not linked with the libraries. The combination of
>> the (compiled) source code and whatever library it uses occurs in the
>> system running the program.
>> As it is extremely difficult to distribute a running program, this
>> clause would pertain to linked programs that contain both a
>> transformation of the source code (the object) and all or part of the
>> libraries (where we could argue ad nauseam whether the instructions
> Ha.


> <quote>
> One of the questions with the GPL is about how tightly you may link
> GPL code with non-GPL code, for example, when you compile a GPL program
> and it uses other code in a software library. Have you done anything
> to define how tightly GPL code may be linked with non-GPL code? Under
> what circumstances is that permitted and not permitted?
> Moglen: We have made one clarification, as we see it, of what we
> believe was always the rule. We reasserted that code dynamically linked
> to GPL code--which the GPL code is intended to require, not merely
> optionally incorporate--is part of the source code of the work under
> the GPL and must be released.
> </quote>
> So much about "the GPL rejects any automatic aggregation of software
> copyrights" the FSF been telling to the Judge in court of law. To 
> quote day5done,

Linking is not aggregation.

Of course you knew that.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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