cdrtools - a tale of two licenses
Posted Aug 13, 2006 12:25 UTC (Sun) by khim
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Gosh. You are reading too much. Think about origins of copyright: what if you want to publish collection of stories ? You must obtain permissions from all copyright holders. And if two of them hate each others guts - you fine idea to publish such collection just gone in flames. That's exacly the situation with GPL-licensed code, CDDL-licensed Makefiles and "collection of stories" called binary. This "collection" includes works of two authors who "hate each others guts" (GPL-code and CDDL-Makefiles) and this means you can not publish and distribute such collection.
Can you distribute the GPL-licensed source code ? Sure! Can you distribute CDDL-licensed Makefiles ? Of course! What about binary ? Oops. No, you can not distribute binary - you don't have permission.
So the new version of cdrecord will be Ok for Gentoo (they do not distribute binaries) - but it's not Ok for Debian or RedHat. And it's not Ok for Schilling either (he's distributing binaries, right?) - but only Eric Yougdale (and few others who hold copyrights for parts of cdrecord) can sue him. If this is fortunate or unfortunate is interesting question...
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