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It was already compatible with GPLv3 and BSD licences
Posted Feb 21, 2012 15:52 UTC (Tue) by bronson (subscriber, #4806)
Posted Feb 21, 2012 16:42 UTC (Tue) by coriordan (guest, #7544)
The GPL parts say GPL, and the BSD parts stay BSD. Distributors have to comply with both sets of requirements.
10 more paragraphs could be added about the details, but the licences are 100% compatible.
(This will probably be my last post in this thread. I should get back to working on http://en.swpat.org )
Posted Feb 21, 2012 20:26 UTC (Tue) by bronson (subscriber, #4806)
Posted Feb 22, 2012 12:44 UTC (Wed) by pboddie (subscriber, #50784)
Technically, anyone who wants to build on top of the combination can use whichever GPL-compatible licence they like and wait for someone else to replace the GPL-licensed part under a licence they prefer. Usage of the GPL merely invites people to undertake a common activity within a framework that seeks to uphold specific properties of the resulting work.
There are all sorts of reasons why a project might switch to using more or less permissive licences - they may indicate a change in the way the interests of different groups of people are prioritised by the developers - but given the potential effects of such changes on end-users, I don't see anything wrong in voicing end-user concerns about it.
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