[sldev] GPLed submissions

Jason Giglio gigstaggart at gmail.com
Sat Mar 17 11:51:51 PDT 2007


Aidan Thornton wrote:
> (Hmmm... interesting thought. If you dynamically link a GPLed program
> against the GNU TLS version of libcurl, then someone else runs it
> using a libcurl that's compiled with OpenSSL, are they infringing the
> GPL?)

No, because the FSF has said that non-distribution use does not require 
compliance with the GPL since it is not a contract.

So the end user can violate the GPL all they want, as long as you don't 
distribute it in a violating state.

In theory copyright law kicks in whenever you modify a work whether you 
distribute it or not, but the FSF has considered private modifications 
that are not distributed basically a free for all.  Enforcement would be 
impossible anyway.

-Jason


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