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Re: The great BusyBox fraud continues

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: The great BusyBox fraud continues
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 15:57:56 -0000
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On 8/6/2010 12:20 PM, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
How much one must pay to Eric Andersen for his alleged
> contributions to the BusyBox publicly available under the GPL

Nothing at all, as long as one has not violated his copyright
by failing to honor the conditions of the GPL when copying and
distributing work on which he holds copyright.

Didn't YOU claim that ALL contributions coming in touch with the GPL'd
work fall under the GPL and hence must be licensed "at no cost to all
third parties"?

No. All work copied and distributed as part of a combined work which
includes components licensed under the GPL must be licensed under the
GPL as well, except when the GPL permits otherwise through the aggregate
work exception. Derivative works of works licensed under the GPL may
only be copied and distributed if they are licensed under the GPL.

It's all very basic stuff and not especially difficult to understand
and follow, except for people who are looking for ways to avoid the
obligations of the GPL while still copying and distributing GPLed

For the non-thieves, simply think of a GPLed component as a short
story. Permission to include it in an anthology is similar to
permission needed to include GPLed code as part of a larger linked
program. Permission to adapt it into a novel is similar to permission
needed to modify GPLed code.

And permission to dynamically link to it is similar to permission
needed to list it in a bibliography, which is to say none.

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