Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Sun Jul 20 17:36:10 UTC 2008

Anders Karlsson wrote:
> Just so that I understand this right.
> Any license which will permit being replaced by the GPL, when the
> software it covers is combined with software under the GPL - is
> compatible with the GPL?

Anyone except the copyright holder cannot replace the terms of the 
license. If I developed software and licensed it using any of the 
licenses compatible with the GPL, that original software stays under the 
license I released forever. Software Freedom Law Center published a 
paper describing the effect of combining BSD and GPL license if you are 
interested in the details


Note that the specific details maybe dependent on the copyright laws of 
your region too.


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