Hi, sorry if this is not the correct section for a question like this, or this has been already addressed, but I could not find a definitive answer searching the forum.
I plan to release a plugin licensed with GPL3 (not LGPL), and since my understanding is that “VCV for DAWs” will be a closed source software, will my plugin be usable in it? I do not mean from a technical point, but from a licensing point, since, from what I know, GPL3 libraries can be statically and dinamically linked only in software with a open-source compatible license.
Am I wrong? Thanks
Edit: I’ve found this additional info
from the GPL3 FAQS:
Does the GPL have different requirements for statically vs dynamically linked modules with a covered work? (#GPLStaticVsDynamic)
No. Linking a GPL covered work statically or dynamically with other modules is making a combined work based on the GPL covered work. Thus, the terms and conditions of the GNU General Public License cover the whole combination.
If a library is released under the GPL (not the LGPL), does that mean that any software which uses it has to be under the GPL or a GPL-compatible license? (#IfLibraryIsGPL)
Yes, because the program actually links to the library. As such, the terms of the GPL apply to the entire combination. The software modules that link with the library may be under various GPL compatible licenses, but the work as a whole must be licensed under the GPL.
Some GPL libraries have a linking exception that seems to cover a very similar case: