Rchard Stallman vs Darl McBride

Stuart Jansen sjansen at buscaluz.org
Tue Jul 20 20:49:07 MDT 2010

On Tue, 2010-07-20 at 20:35 -0600, Levi Pearson wrote:
> Yes, that's it.  If there's a chunk of your code that's linked to the
> rest that you want to keep private, for whatever reason, you cannot
> use the GPL with the rest of your code.

Not entirely true. If you control the copyright on all of the code, you
can do whatever you want. That's what makes dual licensing possible, and
one of the reason some companies insist on copyright assignment before
accepting contributions. Of course, if you depend on someone else's
GPL'd code, you don't control the copyright of all the code and are
therefore subject to the GPL.

You'd get PR flack for releasing a crippled project, but you can do it.
The GPL can't dictate terms to the copyright holder.

Stuart Jansen <sjansen at buscaluz.org>

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