LGPL Libraries in Embedded Devices
Posted Aug 14, 2012 17:30 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: LGPL Libraries in Embedded Devices
Parent article: Digia acquires Qt
If the point you're responding to can be disregarded because it is made by organisations who have it in their commercial interest to argue for one interpretation of the LGPL, such as MySQL, then how is your point any different? For your argument relies on us believing Apples' interpretation, which suits them commercially just as much, by allowing them to re-use LGPL code with fewer obligations than otherwise?
Because stakes are very different. If MySQL is caught in a lie and even brought to the court the biggest penalty they can get is public slap on the wrist: there are no penalty for writing incorrect facts on your websites - especially if you can not prove malicious intent (you can not get much for negligence). If Apple is caught in lawsuit with LGPL violation then it loses the central piece of MacOS and iOS.
The (L)GPLv3 was meant to address that locked-down hardware loop-hole, as you know.
Exactly. And this is how GPLv3 cleared the confusion. Recall the exceptio probat regulam in casibus non exceptis principle. The very fact that GPLv3 was needed to explicitly close the aforementioned loophole means that loophole is valid - otherwise why change anything there at all?
to post comments)