GPL does not ask you to give up rights.
Posted Mar 3, 2011 6:03 UTC (Thu) by jthill
In reply to: GPL does not ask you to give up rights.
Parent article: Red Hat's "obfuscated" kernel source
You're presenting a false dichotomy between the GPL and no license at all, and confusing a license to distribute with the right to dictate terms.
The only reason you are constrained at all is that the other copyright holders have the right to dictate license terms. If you create a derived work, you are one of those copyright holders, and you also have the right to dictate terms. If you can't all arrive at a compatible set of terms for a license to distribute, then none of you can distribute — but only because you and they have the right to dictate terms.
Two of the infinite myriad of possible sets of terms you and the other copyright holders may offer are
BSD: you retain, you may exercise, your right to offer any terms at all for a license to your own work, your own copyright interest, in any derived work. You may stipulate any restrictions and charge any fee.
GPL: you give up, you may not exercise, that right: if you distribute at all you must offer specific permissions at no charge.
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