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Re: Can LGPL be used for non-libraries


From: Isaac
Subject: Re: Can LGPL be used for non-libraries
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 01:48:50 -0600
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On Tue, 28 Feb 2006 08:46:17 +0200, Daniel Qarras <address@hidden> wrote:
>> And the answer to the question is that of course the copyright holder
>> can use the LGPL for any code he so chooses.  That does not answer the
>> question of whether some else can distribute the modified program code under
>> the LGPL.
>> 
>> IMO the LGPL does not specifically allow distributing modified non library
>> versions of programs under the LGPL.  However perhaps the copyright holders
>> do not care.
> 
> If what you two are saying is correct then Debian and others are 
> actually breaking the LGPL and just lucky not to get sued! I'm astonished!
> 

It is not luck.  Authors who put non libraries under the LGPL almost certainly
intend that Debian and others do exactly what they do.   Given that Debian
does distribute the modified sources, all Debian is really guilty of is
not changing the license in the sources.  That is probably not worth suing
over.  It is the distribution without source that would be problematic.

> For my own experiments it seems that GPL is a better bet.

Could be.

Isaac


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