[linux-elitists] LGPL compliance

Dave Crossland dave at lab6.com
Fri Mar 13 06:21:43 PDT 2009

2009/3/13 Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org>:
> A quick question: I caught some local code monkeys using LGPL
> licensed code about to be shipped in a proprietary product.
> In order to assure we're compliant, do we have
> to isolate the LGPL code into a dynamically linked library,
> or is it enough to use a statically linked library using
> unmodified LGPL code and ship the full source of the LGPL code
> and the license along with it without disclosing the proprietary
> code statically linked to it? IANAL, so I don't exactly know what
> qualifies as a derivative work.

If it is statically linked, and I buy your product, and I recompile
the LGPL code with some new features, can I still use your product
with my new code?

If not, you break the LGPL.

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