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Re: GPL traitor !

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 16:10:04 +0200
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Hyman Rosen <> writes:

> Even if you were correct (which you are not) that "responsibility"
> for executing the program was assigned to the author of the work
> rather than to the person running the program, that still fails to
> cause any GPL violations, because the person who executes the
> program is the owner of the dynamic libraries on his machine, and
> the quoted law allows him to _authorize_ making copies essential
> to execution.

As long as the program is separately useful without having the dynamic
libraries available, and it is sold with the option of this separate
usefulness.  If not, the linking is an inherent part of putting the
program to its intended use, and thus falls under the responsibility of
the program creator.

> You are simply wrong, and no amount of twisting and spinning is
> going to change that. Programs which link dynamically to GPLed
> libraries do not become bound by the GPL for that ability.

Nothing becomes bound by the GPL.  You just have no other option to
legally redistribute.  But you certainly are free not to redistribute in
the first place if your program mandates integration of GPLed code as an
integral part of its operation.  In that case, you need a license for
this integration.

David Kastrup

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