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SubjectRe: GPL only modules
Linus Torvalds wrote:

>On Mon, 18 Dec 2006, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
>>>In other words, in the GPL, "Program" does NOT mean "binary". Never has.
>>Agreed. So what? How does this relate with the point above?
>>The binary is a Program, as much as the sources are a Program. Both
>>forms are subject to copyright law and to the license, in spite of
>Here's how it relates:
> - if a program is not a "derived work" of the C library, then it's not
> "the program" as defined by the GPLv2 AT ALL.
>In other words, it doesn't matter ONE WHIT whether you use "ld --static"
>or "ld" or "mkisofs" - if the program isn't (by copyright law) derived
>from glibc, then EVEN IF glibc was under the GPLv2, it would IN NO WAY
>And I'm simply claiming that a binary doesn't become "derived from" by any
>action of linking.
>Even if you link using "ld", even if it's static, the binary is not
>"derived from". It's an aggregate.
>"Derivation" has nothing to do with "linking". Either it's derived or it
>is not, and "linking" simply doesn't matter. It doesn't matter whether
>it's static or dynamic. That's a detail that simply doesn't have anythign
>at all to do with "derivative work".
>THAT is my point.
>Static vs dynamic matters for whether it's an AGGREGATE work. Clearly,
>static linking aggregates the library with the other program in the same
>binary. There's no question about that. And that _does_ have meaning from
>a copyright law angle, since if you don't have permission to ship
>aggregate works under the license, then you can't ship said binary. It's
>just a non-issue in the specific case of the GPLv2.
>In the presense of dynamic linking the binary isn't even an aggregate
>THAT is the difference between static and dynamic. A simple command line
>flag to the linker shouldn't really reasonably be considered to change
>"derivation" status.
>Either something is derived, or it's not. If it's derived, "ld",
>"mkisofs", "putting them close together" or "shipping them on totally
>separate CD's" doesn't matter. It's still derived.
> Linus
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