On Friday, 16 October 2015 at 14:05:50 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
On Friday, 16 October 2015 at 12:53:09 UTC, Steven Schveighoffer wrote:


Yes, you can. GPL only affects distribution of executables to third party, it doesn't affect services. Maybe you are thinking of AGPL, which
also affects services. But even AGPL allows internal usage.


No, you cannot link against GPL library without making your code also GPL. "Services" I don't think have anything to do with this, we are talking about binary linking.


There was something called the "server loophole." The language of GPLv2 only requires source to be distributed if the binaries are distributed. The Affero GPL was created to close the loophole, requiring source to be made available even if the binaries aren't distributed. IIRC, GPLv3 requires the same.

Looks like I got my versions wrong. AGPL is a modified GPLv3.

http://www.gnu.org/licenses/why-affero-gpl.en.html

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