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From: Richard Stallman <>
Subject: Use of Readline
I think Allbery's suggestion is a good one. So please add this text
in a suitable place. Please don't put it in the GPL itself; that
should be the same as the GPL everywhere else. Putting it in the
README and/or the documentation would be a good idea.
Our position on the use of Readline through a shared-library linking
mechanism is that there is no legal difference between shared-library
linking and static linking--either kind of linking combines various
modules into a single larger work. The conditions for using Readline
in a larger work are stated in section 3 of the GNU GPL.