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Re: [bug-inetutils] Re: telnet cleanup

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: [bug-inetutils] Re: telnet cleanup
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 18:11:16 -0500

    All contributions to inetutils are licensed under the GPL

It's common practice in GNU to keep the license of the original code, in
the spirit of allowing the original upstream authors to benefit from our
improvements.  For example, rms specifically said that our changes to
firefox to make icecat should be under the same tri-license as firefox,
even though ordinarily he would not want to use the MPL for GNU

    `without fee', seems to mean that commercial distribution is not

No need to rewrite anything.  As Ted surmised, the phrase means the
permissions are being granted without any payment necessary, rather than
saying that distribution for fee is forbidden.

Granted that the English can be interpreted in both ways, the former
(desired) interpretation is the intent and the lawyers gave it their

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