[ILUG] GPL clarification.
mel at csn.ul.ie
Thu Mar 31 16:30:32 IST 2005
On Thu, 31 Mar 2005, Bryan O'Donoghue wrote:
> I download glibc and change some source. I redistribute this code subsequently
> (for money or otherwise).
> As I understand the GPL (and I'd rather not get into a litigious hypothetical
> or quagmire of quotes from the GPL), I must make the source code for the
> _modifications_ also available to whoever I distribute the code to, under the
> The following statement hasn't been tested in court to my knowledge :
> If I link (with ld or similar) my propiatery code, to GPL code, I am not bound
> in any way to make my source code GPL.
> Is this an accurate statement?
No, because glibc is under the LGPL
GPL Project => If you link to it *or* derive off it, the source of the
result must be distributed
LGPL Project => If you modify the source, you must distribute the result.
If you only link the binary, you do not have to distribute the source.
This is a broad generalisation, but you get the idea.
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