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Re: libstdc++ licensing question
- From: Nathan Myers <ncm-nospam at cantrip dot org>
- To: libstdc++ at gcc dot gnu dot org
- Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 17:37:51 +0000
- Subject: Re: libstdc++ licensing question
- References: <E17X1Lkfirstname.lastname@example.org>
On Tue, Jul 23, 2002 at 07:13:20PM +0400, Michael Fimin wrote:
> Hi, I have a question regarding GCC standard C++ library licensing.
> I going to use libstdc++ in my comercial project.
> My program will not be covered by GPL license (the source code won't be
> provided) and I'm going to distribute libstdc++.so (Solaris version)
> with my program. Is this legal?
You should consult a lawyer before making a deep commercial commitment.
Violating the license may lead to your being forbidden to distribute
your program, if the license-holder of libstdc++ (the FSF) chooses to
pursue the matter.
The license on libstdc++ is weaker than the GPL, but it still places
requirements on you if you distribute it. I believe the easiest way
to meet those requirements is to ship the libstdc++ sources you program
uses on the same CD with your program. Be sure that the version you
ship is *identical* to the one your program is compiled against.
ncm at cantrip dot org