Rosen also thinks GPL needs "I agree" click-through
Posted Jul 27, 2004 21:18 UTC (Tue) by nealr
In reply to: Rosen also thinks GPL needs "I agree" click-through
Parent article: Choosing an open source license (NewsForge)
No one except the copyright holder of a particular pieces of software can decide the incompatibility of a particular license with another.
So if I write GPL'd software and chose to include OSL licensed software in it... that it 100% kosher.
RMS's opinon on the matter is 100% irrelevant if I hold the copyright to the GPL'd software. This is basic copyright law, a thirt part can't tell you how to interpret/enforce a license to your own code.
RMS's opinion on incompatibility only matters to software the FSF owns copyright to.
If I remeber right, RPM is copyight Red Hat... so Red Hat gets to decide compatibility w.r.t elfutils.
Of course Debian is free to decide whatever it wishes to for it's onw distro... but you can't claim that something is illegal to distribute if you have no copyrights to the code in question.
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