Subject: Re: Stallman vs Wind River on the GPL
From: kragen@pobox.com
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 22:42:27 -0500 (EST)

Ian Lance Taylor <ian@airs.com> writes:
> It is indeed a very old argument, but I'm not sure it has ever been
> resolved to everybody's satisfaction.  Certainly I think that Richard
> Stallman thinks that if you link to a GPL'ed dynamic library, your
> program itself become GPL'ed.  Whether you can supply a binary-only
> dynamic library which is dlopen'ed by a GPL program is, I think, a
> grey area.

The GPL does not have the power to infect your code like this.  It
only has the power to prohibit you from distributing your code if it's
not licensed under the GPL, but is subject to the terms of the GPL.