Initial Developer's Public License

Ian Lance Taylor ian at
Fri Feb 13 20:56:21 UTC 2004

Alexander Terekhov <TEREKHOV at> writes:

> Ian Lance Taylor wrote:
> [...]
> > I think it is a pretty big stretch to say that static linking 
> > does not produce a derivative work of the objects included in 
> > the link. ...
> With all those $$ legal funds "to protect open source" of lately, 
> I just wonder whether the time is right for some vendor-neutral
> organization to bring the issue of linking into court. It could 
> be a friendly, relatively-inexpensive summary judgment action, 
> oder? Just an idea.

Who would benefit from taking such an action?

For a free software organization, the upside is minimal, and the
downside is severe.

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