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SubjectRe: Fwd: That whole "Linux stealing our code" thing
On Sat, Sep 01, 2007 at 03:03:36PM -0700, Sam Leffler wrote:
> Adrian Bunk wrote:
>> On Sat, Sep 01, 2007 at 01:37:18PM -0400, Constantine A. Murenin wrote:
>>> On 01/09/07, Jeff Garzik <> wrote:
>>>> Constantine A. Murenin wrote:
>>>>> This will hopefully help diminish certain myths about the code
>>>>> licensing.
>>>> What myth? The myth that Theo understands dual licensing?
>>> Reyk's code was never dual licensed, so it's not like it even matters
>>> to the original dispute.
>> It's no longer dual licenced in the FreeBSD tree because the FreeBSD
>> people removed the GPL choice of the dual licenced code 3 months ago.
>> So all of Theo's accusations of people breaking the law by making this
>> dual licenced code GPL-only apply as well to the FreeBSD people...
> Sigh, why actually check the facts when you can make them up. The code in
> question is my code. It has my copyright (modulo bits shared with onoe-san
> who was consulted on the switch from dual-bsd/gpl to bsd only in freebsd).

The latter is the code by Video54 Technologies?

> Of course what was amusing was how after I changed the license on the
> current code in freebsd certain folks retroactively applied the license
> changes to code that was 3 years old.
> But is there a point to all this nonsense? I dual-licensed the code so
> folks could adopt and use it however they saw fit. As I've said before I
> don't care what people do with the work I give away so long as they don't
> claim it's their own.

Fully agreed. :-)

>>> That said, I don't see what exact wording you consider inaccurate.
>> Both the FreeBSD and Linux people draw the logical conclusion that this
>> "Alternatively" means everyone can always choose to remove one of the two
>> choices alternatively offered.
>> According to Theo, that is "breaking the law"...
> I've yet to see "FreeBSD people" speak up so again you're just spouting
> jibberish. I am speaking up as the author of the code that set the dual
> license in place. I have the definitive say and I have said that any of my
> code that is dual-licensed can be made gpl only.

Sorry, this has been a thinko on my side:

If noone except you and onoe-san made any contributions to this code
that were non-trivial enough for automatically giving its author a
copyright on his contributions (whatever this means in various
jurisdictions...) it was indeed an author-only change.

> Sam



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"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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