Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Gordon Messmer yinyang at eburg.com
Thu Jul 24 18:32:24 UTC 2008

Les Mikesell wrote:
> Its not that simple.  Say you receive a copy of a mostly bsd-origin work 
>  previously modified by adding a few GPL-covered lines and applying the 
> GPL to the whole as required for #3 at that step.  You now agree to the 
> GPL terms in order to be permitted to give someone else a copy of the 
> whole work. 

Yes, that is true for the "work as a whole".

> At this point, you've agreed not to pick out parts of the 
> code and distribute under the license of its origin.

That's not true.  Even if the terms of the GPL *said* that it was true, 
copyright law doesn't allow it that power.  You cannot change the 
license on a work for which you are not the copyright holder.

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