Project Harmony decloaks
Posted Apr 12, 2011 16:49 UTC (Tue) by Trelane
In reply to: Project Harmony decloaks
Parent article: Project Harmony decloaks
The money quote is
Unlike many other large free software projects, the kernel does not require any sort of copyright assignment from contributors. Those who get code merged into the kernel retain their copyrights on that code. As a result, the kernel has hundreds - if not thousands - of copyright holders. Getting them all to agree on a licensing change would be a challenging task. Simply finding them all is likely to be beyond just about anybody's capabilities.
(bolding and italicizing mine)
Of course, this assertion does not provide any references to back it. OTOH, he'd hardly need to track down every contributor if only one could relicense the entire work as they wished. Indeed, there would almost certainly be a GPLv3-licensed and a BSD variant as well. That they do not exist suggests heavily that a single contributor cannot simply relicense the whole multi-contributor project as they wish. (If I understand the original assertion correctly).
Jeff Merkey's attempt to relicense a single snapshot of the Linux kernel is only a prominent example of the concept.
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