PostgreSQL, OpenSSL, and the GPL
Posted Feb 17, 2011 16:10 UTC (Thu) by butlerm
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It is not just linking, to use readline you have to use it's API, and that can be construed to create a work derivative of readline
That is the most pathetic sort of legal fiction imaginable. Not only is it irrational and impractical (every Win32 program is a derivative of Windows, every POSIX program is a derivative of UNIX, etc) it is contradicted by dozens of legal precedents. Baystate v. Bentley Systems (1996) perhaps the most explicit of those. See here for example (pdf).
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