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Re: SCO laying an ambush for the GPL?


From: Robert Newson
Subject: Re: SCO laying an ambush for the GPL?
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004 15:22:03 GMT
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Nick Kew wrote:

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Because the GPL concerns derived works, this could set a precedent for
cases about software alleged to be a derived work of something-GPL.

I don't remember the GPL saying that you can't take the code you added to the GPL program (which if you distribute that resulting derivative work must be under GPL), and then use it in any way you feel, even putting it in a totally different, non-GPL, program.

Or to put it another way, suppose SYSV was GPL'd. Then if IBM added JFS to that, it'd have to release the SYSV+JFS as GPL. SCO's interpretation of GPL would be that IBM would be required to GPL *ALL* software to which it also added JFS, eg if IBM gave/sold JFS to Microsoft, then WINDOWS+JFS would also have to be GPL'd.

(If GPL'd SYSV+JFS was taken by Microsoft and used as the basis for a new version of Windows (eg Mac OS X is BSD based?), then that WOULD have to be GPLd - how it would be if Microsoft took the GPL'd JFS and added that to Windows is a different matter: that would be a breach of GPL licence terms and so copyright infringement?)



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