Posted Oct 23, 2008 13:30 UTC (Thu) by anton
In reply to: Genetic metaphor
Parent article: LK2008: The values of the Linux community
I would describe the GPL as being dominant, while the BSD
license (and similar licenses) are recessive. [...] real organisms
inherit half of each parent's genes [...] while software projects
inherit all of their parents' licenses.
If you don't take all the code, you only inherit the licenses for the
code that you take (which actually might, in some cases, be half of
the licenses of each parent).
Moreover, if you, e.g., take only BSD parts from each parent, your
resulting software can be distributed under BSD, even if the parents
have GPL parts and therefore have to be distributed (as a whole) under
the terms of the GPL, just like a recessive trait can show up in a
child of two parents expressing a different, dominant trait.
So your analogy is pretty perfect.
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