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Circumventing the GPL ...

From: Nick Kew
Subject: Circumventing the GPL ...
Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 15:49:28 +0100
User-agent: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.8 (X11/20060429)

Nokia is to open its browser engine under a BSD license.

The browser engine is developed with apple and based on Safari.
Which is in turn based on khtml/konqueror.  Which is KDE,
which is GPL.  So that's a derivative of GPL software appearing
under a BSD license, or so it would appear.

Now, presumably Apple negotiated non-GPL terms with the KDE folks
for their use of the code in Safari.  Did those terms include
permission to open-source a derived product under non-GPL terms?
If so, it would appear to have effectively killed copyleft on
this particular software.

Nick Kew

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