The value of middlemen
Posted Aug 12, 2004 15:52 UTC (Thu) by garloff
Parent article: The value of middlemen
Mr. Schilling seems to disagree about the value of middlemen.
He seems to have a special issue with SUSE, maybe because it was Jens
being very patient trying to explain to him, why some of his statements
do not really convince the community.
So he has added this GPL incompatible clause to 2.0a36:
* You are not allowed to modify or remove the following code.
* I am sorry that I am forced to do things like this, but defective
* versions of cdrecord cause a lot of work load to me and it seems
* to be impossible to otherwise convince SuSE to cooperate.
* As people contact me and bother me with the related problems,
* it is obvious that SuSE is violating subsection 6 in the preamble of
* the GPL.
* Note that although the SuSE test is effective only for SuSE, the
* intention to have non bastardized versions out is not limited
* to SuSE. It is bad to see that in special in the "Linux" business,
* companies prefer a model with many proprietary differing programs
* instead of cooperating with the program authors.
I wonder whether he has the right to revoke the GPL license, though.
Does he own the complete copyrights for cdrecord? Did contributors
assign the copyright to him? Or has nobody succeeded to work with him
and sent him patches?
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