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Re: early review of RH 9 (Shrike)

On Fri, Mar 28, 2003 at 04:02:21PM -0800, Gordon Messmer wrote:
> > It might be possible with enough money to get a license for any/all
> > GPLed software. This would result in a situation like that of QT -- if
> > you want to make proprietary software, you'd still have to buy your own
> > license. This is maybe improbable now, but as the technology gets older,
> > it could happen.
> No, the GPL prohibits such terms.  Unless the software is completely 
> free of encumbrances, the GPL is not a suitable license for this software.

That's not true.

> In order for software to be distributed under the GPL (not as Free 
> Software, but under the GPL specifically), the persons/parties to whom 
> you distribute the software must be able to legally distribute the 
> software without royalties.

The terms I propose would allow _exactly_ that. See the Open RTLinux Patent
License for an FSF-approved example.

Matthew Miller           mattdm mattdm org        <http://www.mattdm.org/>
Boston University Linux      ------>                <http://linux.bu.edu/>

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