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Re: GNU licenses

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 22:21:47 -0500
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mike4ty4 writes:
> So then you are saying I _can't_ then use the stuff in the _original
> parts_ of said combined work in other projects without making those GPL
> as well, after releasing the combined work?

No.  Distributing your work under the GPL, whether combined with someone
else's work or not, has no effect on your right to subsequently distribute
your work under any terms you choose.

>From the GPL:

  These requirements apply to the modified work as a whole.  If
  identifiable sections of that work are not derived from the Program, and
  can be reasonably considered independent and separate works in
  themselves, then this License, and its terms, do not apply to those
  sections when you distribute them as separate works.  But when you
  distribute the same sections as part of a whole which is a work based on
  the Program, the distribution of the whole must be on the terms of this
  License, whose permissions for other licensees extend to the entire
  whole, and thus to each and every part regardless of who wrote it.

  Thus, it is not the intent of this section to claim rights or contest
  your rights to work written entirely by you; rather, the intent is to
  exercise the right to control the distribution of derivative or
  collective works based on the Program.

Is it that you think the license applies to that abstract thing, the
"work"?  It doesn't.  It applies to those physical copies that you
distribute under the terms of the GPL.  Other copies can be distributed
under other terms without conflict.  This is how Troll Tech makes money
from Qt.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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