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SubjectRe: Fwd: That whole "Linux stealing our code" thing

Jeff Garzik wrote:

> Secondary parties have the power to grant or modify rights, if
> delegated
> to them by the original author.

Yes, but this has to be done in writing and neither the BSD nor the GPL
license claim to allow this.

> Relicensing and transfer of rights happens all the time. How do you
> think most music gets into consumer hands?

Through written agreements to permit this. Neither the BSD nor the GPL
license do. You cannot revoke someone's GPL rights to code you did not
write because they flow directly from the original author to the recipient.

The GPL is quite clear, you do not grant a license to anyone else's code,
the original author does. This is why the GPL does not need to be in writing.


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