Does a GPL API infect its apps?

Arandir arandir at
Thu Oct 21 05:57:29 UTC 1999

On Wed, 20 Oct 1999, Ross N. Williams wrote:

> I just want to point out that the use of the virus metaphor to describe
> the legalities of association in relation to the GPL is inappropriate
> because the "infection" does not proceed beyond one level.

I'm not sure I follow you. If you have written a GPL library, and I create a
library that links to it, then my library must be GPL as well. Anyone who links
to my library must have their code be under the GPL as well. And so on. This
goes further than one level. 


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