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Re: GNU licenses

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2006 11:16:45 +0200 (CEST)

   But GPL software due to the nature of the license requires the code
   be released and that's what I mean by "open-source".

Again, please stop confusing the Free Software movement with the Open
Source movement.  They are two different movements, with two different
goals; and we do not wish to be confused with them.

The GNU GPL does not require you to release anything. It requires you
that if you distribute or modify code licensed under the GNU GPL, then
you must abide by that license.  It also requires that if you
distribute works based on GNU GPL licensed code, then those people who
recive copies must recive the same rights as you have to run, study,
distribute and modify the program.

   > Again, you do not give up any right to the original code, you are
   > still the copyright holder of it.  If you use someone elses code,
   > then you must abide by that liecnse; in this case the GNU GPL.

   That's what I mean! If I want to use the other person's code I have
   to agree to the license, which requires me to give up some rights,
   to "pay" so to speak, or not use it at all.

You do not give up any rights, you are still the copyright holder.
You can license your code in whatever way you wish.  But it is no
longer just your code if you incoperate someone else copyrighted

Again, this has been explained many times to you.

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