[systemd-devel] Systemd license vs. libcryptsetup license

Greg KH gregkh at linuxfoundation.org
Wed Jun 7 16:08:49 UTC 2017

On Wed, Jun 07, 2017 at 05:26:21PM +0200, Krzysztof Jackiewicz wrote:
> Thanks, for explanation.
> > - a collection of rpms, like a linux distro, including systemd.rpm,
> >   libcryptsetup.rpm, and thousands of other loosely coupled rpms
> >   → that's a mere aggregation, each of the thousands of components carries
> >   it's own license, each has to be satisfied separately
> It is mere aggregation as long as binary from systemd.rpm does not
> link to a library from libcryptsetup.rpm. If it does then it's a
> combination or a derivative work in terms of GPL and as such the
> systemd.rpm should include a GPL license (and of course comply with
> other GPL terms and conditions). Is that correct?

You need to consult a lawyer to get a definitive answer for this, please
don't ask developers for legal advice :)

good luck!

greg k-h

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