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Re: Extending/Redesigning GPL code into LGPL lib: possible?


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Extending/Redesigning GPL code into LGPL lib: possible?
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 23:55:26 +0100
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"zapro" <address@hidden> writes:

> Well, the main concern behind my doubts is (or was) the following:
>
> If I had distributed v1.0 of my code under GPL, that grants other users
> the rights to modify, redistribute it and republish it under the same
> terms. If I understand well, it's like I am not the owner of the code:
> I just wrote it.

Yes and no: only you yourself can sue for breaches of copyright:
redistributors can only claim copyright on their changes (which may be
insignificant).

> So these rights can't just be taken back for v1.0: other people
> could have made useful programs with it, and republished
> it. However, as you said, if I make v1.01, then I can change the
> license, even making it proprietary. Is this correct?

No need to make changes: the license is what accompanies the
individual copies.  You can hand out the same code under different
licenses.

-- 
David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum


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