Bruce made no legal "demands"
Posted Oct 2, 2006 6:38 UTC (Mon) by rsidd
In reply to: Bruce made no legal "demands"
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
Go back and read this message. He says "I request and require that you add a notice to the license
statement for busybox that portions of the program are copyrighted by
me, and may be licensed under the GNU General Public License without
regard to the particular version of that license."
Sorry, that is a demand not a request, and a clueless demand at that. His existing copyright notices are there and not modified. They say "GNU General Public License", and the version would be by implication the then-current version of that licence; they do not say "or later". Even if they did, the key conjunction is "or", not "and". The current project's maintainers are free to use Bruce's version in a GPLv2 only project. People who want to use GPLv3 are free to go back to Bruce's original sources and use that.
For one of the open source movement's loudest self-appointed prophets, Bruce Perens (like Eric Raymond) is singularly uninformed, offensive and has contributed almost nothing since the movement started getting taken seriously (ie, since around 1998).
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