Google should strip out unreferenced symbols... but it probably doesn't matter
Posted Mar 22, 2011 15:52 UTC (Tue) by sfeam
In reply to: Google should strip out unreferenced symbols... but it probably doesn't matter
Parent article: Has Bionic stepped over the GPL line?
Bingo. Despite your implicit scepticism, this is the correct analysis. There is no functional difference between the GPLv2 and LGPLv2 in the case of an external library that is being linked. I limit that statement to v2 simply because I haven't examined v3 in enough detail to have a separate opinion. The FSF argues otherwise, but that does not make them correct on this point. You pointed that out yourself: "What makes something copyrightable is inherent in the content, not the authors' intentions for it." IANAL and all that.
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