Use of GPLed Python extension modules

Ville Vainio ville.spammehardvainio at
Sun Nov 23 16:38:12 CET 2003

John Hunter <jdhunter at> writes:

> >>>>> "Ville" == Ville Vainio <ville.spammehardvainio at> writes:
>     Ville> In the light of this, does releasing a library under GPL
>     Ville> (as opposed to LGPL) make any sense at all?
> Yes (re GPL), if you want to place the additional burden on users to
> release their derived works under GPL.  Ie, if you beliwve all

But if the software is distributed w/o libraries, and the user has to
d/l the libs themselves, then the code is not covered by GPL. So a
library under GPL would effectively be a library under LGPL, with the
difference that the end user has to do some extra legwork to start
using the program. This simple loophole makes the GLP look like it was
never intended for libraries (except static libs).

Ville Vainio

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