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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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