Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Gordon Messmer yinyang at eburg.com
Sun Jul 20 07:30:12 UTC 2008

Les Mikesell wrote:
> The statement is not wrong - the reason a few that are listed as 
> compatible is that the permit themselves to be replaced by the GPL.

You can not legally replace the copyright on a work that was created by 
someone else, unless the license of that work specifically allows you to 
do so.  I believe that there is at least one such license listed, but in 
general, you are incorrect.

This was at the heart of a problem in the Linux kernel, where a driver 
taken from OpenBSD had its copyright notice mistakenly removed:

The entire conversation may prove educational.  I think that someone 
from the FSF wrote an article about mixing licensed works after the 
atheros driver mistake to clarify the legalities for non-lawyers.

> When 
> combined in a work with GPL components any other attributes of the 
> original licenses no longer apply.

As above, incorrect.

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