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Re: Extending/Redesigning GPL code into LGPL lib: possible?

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: Extending/Redesigning GPL code into LGPL lib: possible?
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 08:09:44 -0600
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zapro writes:
> Across the years, while working on other projects, one of the files of
> this application outgrew itself into a small yet independent library
> which I would like to release with the LGPL license. Is this possible?

If you are the sole copyright owner, of course.  You can distribute your
work under any terms you wish.  The terms under which you have previously
distributed it are irrelevant.  If you are not the sole copyright owner you
must get the agreement of all the other owners.

> Going beyond my specific problem, I guess I am confused by the concept of
> "different": to what extent two pieces of code can be considered
> different in order to be published with at least "similar" licenses (such
> as the GPL / LGPL), also provided the author is the same?

I am confused by your question.  The fact that a work has been distributed
under the GPL is no bar to its copyright owner distributing it under other
terms.  The license is a unilateral grant from you to others.  It does not
bind you in any way.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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