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Re: Confused about LGPL terms - can you help?

From: xp_newbie
Subject: Re: Confused about LGPL terms - can you help?
Date: 8 Nov 2006 04:48:38 -0800
User-agent: G2/1.0

Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> Beware that the FSF (including their fierce legal acumen Eben) disagrees
> with uncle Hasler, xp_newbie.
> Your only way out (in the GNU Republic) is
> Surrender to freedom or else!

Alexander, I must admit that when I first read the links you provided,
I got even more confused. But then, I noticed that all of these links
refer to GPL, not LGPL.  :)

If I understand the spirit of LGPL correctly (as laid out in its
preamble), its aim is to facilitate the use of open-source libraries
even in commercial products, without loosing its open-source property.

In my search for answers to my confusion, I encountered an LGPL library
which comes with a LICENSE file (in addition to the LGPL ver. 2
'COPYING' one) that reads:

---------- START QUOTE ---------
Can I use LAME in my commercial program?

Yes, you can, under the restrictions of the LGPL.  The easiest
way to do this is to:

1. Link to LAME as separate library (libmp3lame.a on unix or
   lame_enc.dll on windows)

2. Fully acknowledge that you are using LAME, and give a link
   to our web site,

3. If you make modifications to LAME, you *must* release these
   these modifications back to the LAME project, under the LGPL.
---------- END QUOTE ---------

The above 3 terms look to me so much easier to understand than the full
LGPL ver. 2 text... but do they really reflect the conditions of LGPL?

That is, if:

1. I link to the library *dynamically* and

2. I *do not modify* the library in any way and

3. I fully acknowledge that I am using that library

4. I include the library (in a DLL form) in the installation package
(as a separate file), while offering the source code to that library
(only), but not offering the source code to my own program (which calls
the library)

Do I comply with the LGPL license?


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