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    SubjectRe: "GPL weasels and the atheros stink"
    While the title of Marc's email might be construed as flame bait, it is 
    disappointing to see that the generally very valid points he has made
    (as both a BSD _and_ _GPL_ developer) are being ignored. To make it
    simple try answering these two questions:

    Question #1: Is it _ethical_ (legality aside) to take someone else's
    actively maintained work (for example an OpenBSD driver) and make
    changes which can not be shared/used by the original developer/maintainer?

    Answer #1: Considering that the whole reason I personally choose the GPL
    for some projects is to prevent this sort of one way street behavior
    _away_ from the original OSS developers/contributors _my_ answer must
    be; No it is not ethical.

    Question #2: Is it _technically beneficial_ to branch an OSS work (for
    example an OpenBSD driver) in such a way as to diminish the ability to
    share contributions between projects?

    Answer #2: It would be fascinating (and sad) to see an attempt at
    justifying a yes response to this question.

    Please don't let the rude language or defensiveness bought out by this
    particular incident distract from doing the right thing. Just because
    you legally can (or might be able to) do something doesn't make it right.


    P.S. As a secondary concern; it could be legally dubious with some
    governments to relicense an existing file from the OpenBSD license
    (given that the copyright license must remain intact) -- though patches
    could themselves _technically_ be GPL. Creating _new_ GPL files which
    work _with_ the existing BSD licensed has no such ambiguity, but please
    see questions #1 and #2 above -- is it the _right_ thing to do?
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