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SubjectRe: [PATCH] USB: mark USB drivers as being GPL only
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On Sun, 10 Feb 2008 05:50:17 +0100, Marcel Holtmann said:

> go ahead and create an application that uses a GPL only library. Then
> ask a lawyer if it is okay to distribute your application in binary only
> form without making the source code available (according to the GPL).
>
> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0-faq.html#IfLibraryIsGPL
>
> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0-faq.html#LinkingWithGPL

What happens if I ship a binary-only program that uses *either* a GPL library
or a custom library with the same API? "If you don't have the Frobozz-Foo
library, you'll have to supply your own work-alike"....
(Note that this is in fact the *usual* case - very few programs actually
check that they are linking against a Genuine GPL(tm) library, they just want
the *API*, so providing a work-alike is sufficient....)[unhandled content-type:application/pgp-signature]
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