GPL does not ask you to give up rights.
Posted Mar 1, 2011 23:45 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 give up that right [...]
So we agree, then, on the substance: the GPL asks you to give up rights, just as Red Hat does. All that's left is discussing how best to describe the details and whether they're fair offers.
Red Hat asks you not, under particular circumstances, to give away their work. The GPL asks you not, under particular circumstances, to charge for distribution rights on your own. Both offer something valuable in return for your not doing what you have a license or even the right to do.
I think if you check you'll see the GPL v2 does not use "combine" at all, the GPL v3 does not use "derive". Either way, I rejected "derived" because I wanted to highlight the continued existence of your own separate interest in the result.
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