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Re: The GPL dream continues

From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: The GPL dream continues
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 09:44:24 -0700
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In article <Y3eqk.3628$>,
 Hyman Rosen <> wrote:
> If it should turn out that the courts do not uphold the validity
> of these licenses (which, given the JMRI case, appears unlikely),
> then I believe you could shortly thereafter expect congress to
> change copyright law to make them valid. After all, agencies of
> the U.S. government itself distribute software under the GPL:
> <>

The parts of that software that were written by the NSA are public 
domain.  The software as a whole is distributed under GPL because that's 
the license the non-NSA parts are under, but if you wanted to pick out 
the NSA parts and do something with them that is against the GPL, that 
would be fine.

--Tim Smith

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