On Friday, 16 October 2015 at 15:36:26 UTC, Steven Schveighoffer wrote:
You certainly can link with it, and then your code becomes GPL.

No, the code is code. It is an artifact. The GPL is a legal document. The legal document says what rights you have to the copy you received and what requirements that follows it. You are allowed to modify it and do anything you want with it that is covered under fair use. This varies between jurisdictions.

The license primarily comes into effect when you _distribute_ or _publish_, because the legal precedent for putting restrictions on distribution and publishing is much stronger. And WIPO is much more clear there.

So, if you build websites for a third party you can use GPL without redistribution by writing the contract in such a way that the third party is using your service. Meaning, you run the software. So circumventing the GPL isn't all that hard if you want to.

The AGPL also affects publishing as a service, so it makes such arrangements much more difficult.

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