SamyGO: replacing television firmware
Posted Nov 16, 2009 22:38 UTC (Mon) by dwmw2
In reply to: SamyGO: replacing television firmware
Parent article: SamyGO: replacing television firmware
You're right; the GPL can't directly affect those other works, which are
"independent and separate works in themselves." All it can do is grant or
deny you permission to copy, modify and distribute the original GPL'd work.
It can grant you permission with conditions attached. Copyright law
does allow that. And unless you abide by those conditions, you don't have permission
to distribute the original GPL'd work.
So I can release code under a licence which says "you can only use this if you send
me a postcard," or "if you name you first-born son after me," or "if all
software you ever write is released under the GPL," or "if I like your
It's my prerogative to grant or deny permission to use my own code as I
see fit, under copyright law.
And I most certainly can release it under a licence which says that you
may only redistribute it if you don't do so in combination with other
software which is under
a different licence. Copyright law most definitely does allow that, and that's what
the GPL does.
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