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Re: GPL misappropriation

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GPL misappropriation
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 16:09:37 -0000
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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.

Of course, when doing so, you can only (successfully) claim copyright
violation for those parts which were written/modified by you.

David Kastrup

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