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I believe your problem is similar to what has been solved in many cases before, for example where software to deal with PDFs would rely on the prior installation (by the end user) of Ghostscript, or where software for the conversion of audio files requires the prior installation of Lame. If gpllib is an independent program with its own stand-alone ...


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As a add-on answer to amend what @amon explained in his answer: That is the point of releasing a library under GPL: Any program which wants to make use of it also needs to be distributed under terms of the GPL. For most practical purposes, a ready-built program is always a derivative of the libraries it makes use of and thus the distributed binary must ...


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In the opinion of the FSF, you could only distribute your software under the terms of the GPL. Your software as a whole includes the GPL-covered library and is thus derived from the library. The GPL triggers conditions both on modification and on distribution. But modification is not just about editing the library's source code. The GPL-3.0 defines: To “...


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Consider a case where you release a Windows version of your own, original software, W. You release W under the terms of the GPL. You are free to offer W under other licenses, with or without further modifications, because you are the copyright holder. (See, e.g., So the GPL doesn't restrict the creator of the software in any way?) Later, someone makes a ...


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The principle is universal, in the sense that any licence that tries to place restrictions on how you can use what copyright law defines as a derivative work will be limited by how copyright law defines derivative work, and the reach of such licences will therefore be co-extensive. The FSF FAQ admits that it uses the legal boundary when it writes "This ...


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No, you cannot assume that the definitions and examples that have been published in relation to GPL are universal and also applicable to other licenses. If that was the case then you would see respective wording on the webpage of these other licenses. The answer to Q11 in the MPL 2.0 FAQ is pretty clear is pretty clear about your second question. The answer ...


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