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Re: GPL misappropriation

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GPL misappropriation
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 16:09:39 -0000
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RJack <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
>> RJack <> writes:
>>> I have been poking around in the source code for BusyBox, v.0.60.3.
>>> and unsurprisingly most every thing in the those command line
>>> utilities are substantially similar to the old BSD4.4-lite tree.
>>> Not only are the defendants Best But et. al. not guilty of
>>> infringing Erik Andersen's source code but BusyBox has appropriated
>>>  code from the BSD tree and tried to put it illegally under the
>>> GPL.
>> You should try rereading that BSD license.  "Appropriating" and
>> releasing under the GPL is perfectly covered by the BSD license as
>> long as the original copyright attributions remain intact.
> That will never happen. Copyrights are exclusive rights and cannot be
> licensed by anyone except the *owner* of a copyright.

And the copyright owner licensed them under the BSD license which
permits incorporation into works licensed differently.

> Releasing BSD licensed code under the GPL is simply attempting to
> steal it.

Read the BSD license, joker.

And/or get a clue.  IIRC, even some Windows bootup screen mentions
"contains code (C) BSD" and so on.  And Windows is not exactly

The whole point of the BSD license is that you can incorporate the code
into differently licensed stuff.  As opposed to copyleft.

David Kastrup

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