Who is doing harm here?
Posted Oct 2, 2006 21:09 UTC (Mon) by stevenj
In reply to: Who is doing harm here?
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
with these three forks the only code 'shareing' that could be done is that fork 2 could get code from fork3. any other shareing would involve the author needing to authorize a license change.
By the way, your conclusion is false on the facts. The only code that could not be legally combined in your hypothetical example is that fork 1 ("v2 only") could not share code with fork 2 ("v3 or later"). It would be perfectly legal to combine code from fork 1 ("v2 only") and fork 3 ("v2 or later") or from fork 2 ("v3 or later") and fork 3 ("v2 or later"). There might be social obstacles, but there are no legal obstacles (no legal authorization from the authors is required).
Any any hypothetical project whose developers are so divided that they undergo a triple fork has more problems than just licensing.
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