Restriction of using GNU LGPL codes in commercial site

Posted on 2007-10-05
Last Modified: 2013-11-25
I want to gather more information about using GNU LGPL codes in commercial web site.  Is there any restrictions about that?
Question by:Edwin_C
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    Have you read
    should explain most things. when using.
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    Dear hernst42

    I've read but not certain about what it implies.  I am going to develop a commercial web site which may use some web controls/components under LGPL.  I think the web site itself is "work that uses the library".  If so, the license said such work falls outside the scope of this License.  What does that mean?  Can I use the web controls in the web site.  If yes, do I need to display any copyright annoucement or whatsoever?

    Hope you can explain it to me.

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    AFAIK If you don't sell your written source code you can do whatever you want with (L)GPL software. So if you build a website and sell the service so that other people can use your tool on your server you don't need to worry about the license. In this case you are a end-user.

    >  Can I use the web controls in the web site.

    > If yes, do I need to display any copyright announcement or whatsoever?
    no, but it is often nice to place a logo and show that you use some libs. But it's up to you if you do such things.

    It get complicated if you sell the developed website to a customer who deploys it on his server. In this case there are more things you need to care about.

    Thats my opinion of understanding the (L)GLP. In case you sell a product including (L)GPL libs/parts you better ask a lawyer about that.
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    Thank you very much.

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