GPL does not ask you to give up rights.
Posted Mar 1, 2011 22:06 UTC (Tue) by jthill
In reply to: GPL does not ask you to give up rights.
Parent article: Red Hat's "obfuscated" kernel source
You have the right to charge a fee for a license to distribute your copyrighted works, for instance. The GPL asks you to give up that right in exchange for distribution rights on any combined work. So long as value received exceeds value surrendered, that's a win — and it's plainly a huge win, nothing exceptionable about it.
To get excruciatingly correct, the license doesn't actually ask people to surrender those rights, it only offers something on condition that they not exercise them. What the GPL does to people who violate its terms is exactly what Red Hat does to people who violate theirs: it terminates their license.
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