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Re: GPL traitor !

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 14:33:30 +0200
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Hyman Rosen <> writes:

> Alexander Terekhov wrote:
>> Aren't you contradicting yourself, Hyman?
> No, not at all. When the code in question consists of modified GPLed
> code, one must abide by the wishes of the copyright holders insofar as
> demanded by copyright law. When the code in question is new and does
> not incorporate GPLed code but just interoperates with it, there is no
> need to consult with the copyright holders of the GPLed code.

With regard to the GPL, you are often in the situation that some party
licensing its code (more or less willingly) under the GPL is quite
separate from the party drafting the GPL, and again from the courts
interpreting it.

So the wishes of the copyright holder simply cannot be guessed from the
license text itself, the wishes might disagree with both word and intent
of the license, and the _wishful_ thinking of the licensor might still
be different.

David Kastrup

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