Licensing Free Software

Colby W. colbyw at gmail.com
Fri Sep 28 14:38:34 MDT 2007


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On 9/28/07, Aaron Toponce <aaron.toponce at gmail.com> wrote:
> There is quite the uproar as of late about whether or not you can strip
> a BSD license from it's software, and relicense it as GPL, or some other
> license.
>
> Theo DeRaadt, the king of controversy, is at it again, raising Cain, and
> making his voice heard.  In his latest stunt, he actually makes a valid
> point, even if he is untactful about it.  The problem is this: some
> people think that the BSD license means you can take the code,
> distribute it in binary or source form, and strip the BSD license.
>
> The point he's is making, I think, is that you can take BSD code, and
> wrap it in the GPL, like in the case of the Linux kernel, but you must
> keep the BSD license in tact.  He's pointing fingers saying this isn't
> necessarily the case, that Linux kernel developers are stripping the BSD
> license from their code, and relicensing it.  This is clearly in
> violation of the law.  The post can be read in full here:
>
> http://kerneltrap.org/mailarchive/openbsd-misc/2007/9/1/153822
>
> Thoughts?  Comments?

http://undeadly.org/cgi?action=article&sid=20070927192354

 --- Colby
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