|Authored by: Ian Al on Friday, December 07 2012 @ 04:06 AM EST|
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|Authored by: Wol on Friday, December 07 2012 @ 07:07 AM EST|
|I think you've totally misunderstood here ...|
Your "as long as they are not modified from an open-source version" is
If I want to ship an LGPL library with my proprietary program, I have two
Either (a) make it a dynamic link library, so that the *user* can rebuild and
replace it without affecting the rest of my program
Or (b) provide my program with a build environment so the customer can replace
the library and build a new executable.
In both cases I am completely free to modify the library.
If I ship an UNMODIFIED library as a statically linked part of an executable, I
am IN BREACH of the GPL. (Okay, that breach only starts when my customer asks
for the build environment, but as soon as I ship the executable I'm setting
myself up for trouble ...)
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