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    SubjectRe: Proposed ACPI Licensing change
    On Fri, Dec 06, 2002 at 04:10:00PM -0800, Grover, Andrew wrote:

    > Hi all,

    Hi Andrew,

    > One consequence of this is that we have not been able to benefit directly
    > from patches from other Linux contributors. The reason is, patches submitted
    > to code only under the GPL must also be GPL, and therefore we cannot take
    > them directly and still make our code available under a license other than
    > the GPL. (We have to determine the problem the patch fixes and then do the
    > fix ourselves.)
    > In order to solve this, we are considering releasing the Linux version of
    > the interpreter under a dual license. This would allow direct incorporation
    > of changes. Any patches submitted against the ACPI core code would
    > implicitly be allowed to be used by us in a non-GPL context. This is already
    > done elsewhere in the Linux kernel source by the PCMCIA code, for example.
    > Comments?

    two comments regarding the right of an author to freely choose under
    which license(s) he wants to make his patch available:

    If a submitter wants to allow you to use his patch under both licenses
    he's already able to allow you to do so.

    You can't forbid people to send GPL-only patches, so if a person doesn't
    want his patch under your looser license you can't enforce that he also
    releases it under your looser license.

    > Regards -- Andy



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