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SubjectRe: Linux 2.6.8-rc3 - BSD licensing

On Thu, 5 Aug 2004, Jari Ruusu wrote:
> Most of the files in loop-AES are licensed under GPL. Some files have less
> restrictive license, but are still licensed under GPL-compatible license.
> I am not aware of any files in loop-AES that are GPL-incompatible.

You're saying that you consider Gladman's original AES license to be
GPL-compatible (ie a subset of it)? That's fine - apparently the FSF

However, that is incompatible with you then complaining when it gets
released under the GPL. If the original license was a proper subset of the
GPL, then it can _always_ be re-released under the GPL, and you don't have
anything to complain about.

So which is it? Either it's GPL-compatible or it isn't. If it is
GPL-compatible, why are you making noises? And if it is not, why are you
claiming that you can distribute loop-AES as a GPL'd project?

You seem to be very very confused, Jari. There really _are_ only these two

- the AES code is GPL-compatible

This fundamentally means that it has no more restrictions than the GPL,
and that in turn means that it can always be re-licensed as GPL'd code.
Which James Morris did (well, it was dual-licensed, but the only
license that matters for the _kernel_ is the GPL).

In this case, you can't say "you can't do that". I'm sorry, but James
_can_ do that, and it is _you_ who can't do that.

- the AES code is _not_ GPL compatible.

This fundamentally means that you can't relicense it under the GPL, but
it _also_ means that you can't link it with GPL code, since the GPL
_requires_ that the code be under the GPL. In this case, loop-AES was
always wrogn and lying about beign GPL'd, and you should stop
distributing it immediately.

You can't have it both ways. And there aren't any third alternatives.

Explain yourself.


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