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Re: Mathworks hosting GPL'd software

From: George Kousiouris
Subject: Re: Mathworks hosting GPL'd software
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:12:28 +0200
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Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso wrote:

In addition, they added a clause to their website's Terms of Service
saying that the software they host is only to be used with Mathworks
software, in an attempt to lock the software to only Matlab and
disallow its use in Octave and similar, contrary to the spirit of free
software. A basic freedom is use the software for any purpose. The BSD
relicensing is an obvious step in an attempt to add more restrictions
to the free software that other people wrote and uploaded to the
Mathworks' site.

Isn't this controversary? How can they restrict the use of a BSD licensed software? Furthermore, even if the authors of the code release it under BSD and add it on the Mathworks site, why couldn't they also release the same code with the same license in some other similar web site?


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