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Date: 2010-01-17 (15:13)
From: Dario Teixeira <darioteixeira@y...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] GPL with linking exception?

> I've been looking around on the net to see if I could find
> a GPL3 + linking exception copyright notice lying around. I
> only found LGPL + linking exception.
> Does anyone know what to write for GPL3 + linking
> exception? Is it even possible, or is only LGPL + linking
> exception possible?

IANALNDIPOOTV (I am neither a lawyer nor do I play one on TV), but I'm
under the impression that the  linking exception only makes sense to
appease the requirements of LGPL.  The LGPL requires that the main binary
may be used with an updated version of the LGPL library, which in most
cases implies some form of dynamic linking.  However, this conflicts
with the most common way of building Ocaml programs, where all Ocaml
libraries are statically linked into the main executable.  Hence the
need for a linking exception, which relaxes the LGPL requirement.  If,
on the other hand, the library is GPL, then all source code is available
(library + main), which renders this point moot.

Best regards,
Dario Teixeira