Static v. Dynamic Linking -- redux

Ken Arromdee arromdee at
Sat Mar 16 06:07:43 UTC 2002

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On Fri, 15 Mar 2002, Lawrence E. Rosen wrote:
> That said, and after some reflection, I would now argue that the trivial
> conversion of a static link into a dynamic link or API interface, simply
> to get around the provisions of the GPL, won't work.  The court would
> hear from a parade of experts who would explain that the intent was
> clearly to circumvent the license.

Why should that matter?

Here, "intent to circumvent the license" just means "intent to follow the
letter of the license while not following it's spirit".

Why would such an activity be prohibited?

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