[sword-devel] GPL issues (again, sorry)

Paul Gear sword-devel@crosswire.org
Sun, 27 May 2001 08:18:12 +1000

fred smith wrote:

> ...
> But if the current thinking (not to mention hypothetical court decisions)
> work in this way, what about the other question: Can a business create
> a non-GPL work for sale which runs on, say , Linux where GNU libraries
> (and other GPL libraries) exist as shared libraries? It strikes me that
> if the argument that dynamic linking creating a GPL'd work merely because
> the work dynamically links to a GPL library hold water, then that throws
> out the legality of having any commercial/non-GPL works ever on such
> platforms. Clearly that would be a problem!

Nearly all of the OS-provided libraries on Linux are LGPL or something 'weaker'
(e.g. BSD, MIT), so there is no problem.