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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: Mon, 01 Feb 2010 16:10:42 -0500
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On 2/1/2010 3:25 PM, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> It's still A+B=C you silly. The status under copyright of a "program"
> work being separate and independent work from a "library" work is
> independent from technical nature of linking (early vs. late binding).

You are wrong. In book terms, it is the difference between
an anthology and a bibliography. A combined work which
physically aggregates multiple works into a single one may
only be copied and distributed once permission is obtained
from the rights holders of the components. A work which
contains within it instructions for how it is to interoperate
with a library when executed is not a combined work containing
that library, and needs no permission from the rights holder
of that library.

While it may be that a combined work is created when the program
is executed, that is irrelevant for GPL-licensed code since the
GPL gives blanket permission to execute programs.

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