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Re: Problem with GPLv3 FAQ about linking with Visual C++

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Problem with GPLv3 FAQ about linking with Visual C++
Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2010 10:23:19 +0100

"Alfred M. Szmidt" wrote:
> You might want to try the SFLC (Software Freedom Law Center) for
> advise on this; sadly I don't have an email address at hand to give.

Moglen and his underlings at SFLC will pretend (they will never assert
it in court) something along the lines of:
(Professor Eben Moglen Replies)

2) Clarifying the GPL
by sterno 

One issue that I know has come up for me is how the GPL applies in 
situations where I'm using GPL software but I'm not actually 
modifying it. For example, I write a Java application, and it is 
reliant on a JAR that is GPL'd. Do I then need to GPL my software? 
I haven't changed the JAR in anyway, I'm just redistributing it with 
my software. The end user could just as easily download the JAR 
themselves, it's just a convenience for me to offer it in my package. 


The language or programming paradigm in use doesn't determine the 
rules of compliance, nor does whether the GPL'd code has been modified. 
The situation is no different than the one where your code depends on 
static or dynamic linking of a GPL'd library, say GNU readline. Your 
code, in order to operate, must be combined with the GPL'd code, 
forming a new combined work, which under GPL section 2 (b) must be 
distributed under the terms of the GPL and only the GPL.

IBM: (Tenth Defense)

SCO's claims are barred by the doctrine of copyright misuse.



(GNG is a derecursive recursive derecursion which pwns GNU since it can 
be infinitely looped as GNGNGNGNG...NGNGNG... and can be said backwards 
too, whereas GNU cannot.)

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