LGPL and Java, and Python?

Alexandre Fayolle alf at fayauffre.org
Fri Jul 25 14:04:04 CEST 2003


Hello,

Reading Debian Weekly News, I learnt that there seem to be a problem
when importing an LGPL'd java library (this forces the importer to be
LGPL'd too), making the LGPL license equivalent to the GPL for Java
programs. 

Here are a few references taken from DWN:

http://slashdot.org/developers/03/07/17/2257224.shtml
http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.jakarta.poi.devel/5900   
http://linuxintegrators.com/hl30/blog/general/?permalink=LGPL+clarification.html
http://www.rollerweblogger.org/page/roller/20030716#for_java_lgpl_is_viral
http://www.intertwingly.net/blog/1519.html
http://radio.weblogs.com/0122027/2003/07/16.html#a56
      

I'm by no way a license expert, but it seems to me that the import
mechanism in python is closer to Java's than what is allowed to use a
python LGPL'd library in a non GPL/LGPL program. 

Could anyone confirm or infirm this impression?

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