License Committee Report for July 2007

Brian Behlendorf brian at
Tue Jul 31 23:52:42 UTC 2007

On Wed, 1 Aug 2007, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> Yet you believe the claim in
> that:
>       In order to link GStreamer [an LGPLv2 library] to Totem [a GPL
>       application], you need to use section 3 of the LGPL to convert
>       GStreamer to GPL.
> is simply wrong?
> I can't follow your reasoning.

I can.  It's wrong, because you can link an LGPLv2 library against other 
code licensed under any other license, so long as some specific conditions 
are met (the LGPL library can be replaced with an updated version, etc). 
The LGPL code did not need to be "converted", because the GPL effects 
those LGPL conditions.  The GPL may cover the work as a whole, but the 
LGPLv2 still covers the library.


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