Dynamic linking, was: Re: Dispelling BSD License Misconceptions

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Thu Jan 25 23:30:00 UTC 2007

Lawrence Rosen wrote:
> It is perhaps simpler to say that, to the extent that you write a program
> that supports a particular API *without basing your expressive coding on
> someone else's original copyrightable work*, there is no derivative work
> problem. 

Well, if you're statically linking the executable will actually include
code from the library; this is definitely a derivative work.  If you're
dynamically linking, it will be designed to load code from the library;
if only one library implements the API, the code is probably a
derivative work of that library.

Matthew Flaschen

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