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

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Problem with GPLv3 FAQ about linking with Visual C++
Date: Thu, 04 Feb 2010 17:05:22 -0500
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On 2/4/2010 4:58 PM, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
A statically linked 'executable' is NOT a book with a page ripped out

A statically linked executable is a collective work
comprising its components, constructed by a program
called a linker which combines the components into
a single file by extracting portions of them and
modifying internal references within them. In no
way is the result a verbatim copy of the source code
of its components.

Because the linker operates mechanically, the resulting
file is not a derivative work of its components. It is
simply a modified version of them, and in order to copy
and distribute it, permission from the rights owners of
the components must be obtained.

Yes, just as I said above.

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