First, I want to thank all who replied to my question.
Next, I'd like to state that I recognize what a
fantastic opportunity it is to be able to use the hard
work of the Free Software community in my app. I will
dedicate a page on my company's web site to
acknowledge this community and to expand awareness of
Responding to Mark's point, my app is a self-contained
executable that was coded to a standard interface, and
can be dynamically connected to any ANSI-SQL compliant
ODBC driver. It cannot be considered a derivative work
of any particular library in any sense. It can link to
any library that implements the interface. Mark, I
think that your argument would apply if I had somehow
coded to a particular library and my app would not
function without that particular library. I can see
how, in that case, dynamic linking would not be
materially different from static linking, and my work
would certainly be derivative. I believe that is the
point you took up with Barts reply. But that is not
the case here. A user could use any ANSI-SQL compliant
ODBC driver. Again, I coded to a standard interface.
But I do want to provide a copy of plsqlodbc.dll in my
installation program as a default driver, so I'm
interested in what is required to provide that copy. I
assert no rights to the driver, I do not charge any
fee for it, and I made no modifications to it (I never
even downloaded the source code).
Thank you all again for your insights and the time you
took to reply. It is greatly appreciated.
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