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Re: GNU licenses

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2006 21:33:48 +0200 wrote:
> So then I guess I _can_ do the following? Yay!:
> 1. Make non-GPL program.
> 2. Combine a little bit of someone else's GPL program.
> 3. Release the _combined work_ under GPL.
> 4. Take a bit of my _original work_ from the *original*
> part of said combined work and put it in another
> original work, this time one with NObody else's code
> in it,
> 5. Release that closed-source and non-GPL

You may have problems enforcing (against strangers) your copyright 
(and patents) in "_original work_ from the *original* part of said 
combined work" after step 3 because in spite of step 5, your work 
is still available under the GPL to the entire general public. 

Infringes will simply claim that they are GPL licensees and just 
ask you what do you want them to do in order to cure whatever 
deficiencies in their performance. They may also try to invalidate 
the GPL on the grounds of copyright misuse/antitrust... and, on
success, that would cause copyright impotence for all GPL infected 


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