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Re: Partial distribution of GPL source

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Partial distribution of GPL source
Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2006 11:14:08 +0200

lichen678 wrote:
> I don't entirely follow the legalese, 

That's because it's Stallmanese, not legalese. But anyway, according 
to the FSF itself, one must convert that LGPL'd stuff to GPL per LGPL 
Section 3 in order to use that stuff "combined"/"linked" with GPL'd 
stuff. So the LGPL is irrellevant.


We paid the FSF to have them provide us these answers. So these answers
are verified correct by people like FSF lawyer and law professor Eben

Question: Can someone for example distribute

1. GStreamer, the LGPL library
2. Totem, a GPL playback application
3. The binary-only Sorenson decoder

together in one distribution/operating system ?

If not, what needs to be changed to make this possible ?

Answer: This would be a problem, because the GStreamer and Totem
licenses would forbid it. In order to link GStreamer to Totem, you
need to use section 3 of the LGPL to convert GStreamer to GPL.



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