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Re: [Qemu-devel] FreeOSZoo will stop March 1, 2005

From: Darryl Dixon
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] FreeOSZoo will stop March 1, 2005
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 23:02:21 +1300

Actually, for clarification, anyone (including the author :), at any time, can fork an LGPL licensed programme into a GPL licensed program, provided certain constraints are met.  I include the relevant section of the LGPL below for reference:

3. You may opt to apply the terms of the ordinary GNU General Public
License instead of this License to a given copy of the Library.  To do
this, you must alter all the notices that refer to this License, so
that they refer to the ordinary GNU General Public License, version 2,
instead of to this License.  (If a newer version than version 2 of the
ordinary GNU General Public License has appeared, then you can specify
that version instead if you wish.)  Do not make any other change in
these notices.
  Once this change is made in a given copy, it is irreversible for
that copy, so the ordinary GNU General Public License applies to all
subsequent copies and derivative works made from that copy.

Many regards,

On Sun, 2005-02-13 at 07:21 +0100, James Mastros wrote:
Jim C. Brown wrote:
> Of course qemu isnt under the GPL at all, so that is impossible. Only qemu-user
> code uses the GPL license, and that is probably due to the fact that it uses
> linux kernel code.
Yes, it is, read LICENSE.  qemu-user is under the GPL (proper), 
qemu-proper and libqemu are under the lesser GPL.  I'd recommend to 
Fabrice re-licensing under the GPL proper instead of the LGPL -- if you 
don't like people selling products based on qemu without them being 
open-source, then the GPL is probably closer to your wishes then the 
LGPL.  (Of course, doing this requires consent from everyone you've ever 
taken a patch from, or removal of their modifications, which may or may 
not be feasible.)
Darryl Dixon <address@hidden>

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