Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 2nd Sep 2007 15:46 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Legal OpenBSD project creator Theo de Raadt detailed his concerns regarding BSD-licensed code and Dual-BSD/GPL-licensed code being re-licensed under only the GPL (as previously discussed): "Honestly, I was greatly troubled by the situation, because even people like Alan Cox were giving other Linux developers advice to... Break the law. And furthermore, there are even greater potential risks for how the various communities interact." Regarding the concern that the BSD license allows companies to steal code, Theo reflected: "GPL fans said the great problem we would face is that companies would take our BSD code, modify it, and not give back. Nope - the great problem we face is that people would wrap the GPL around our code, and lock us out in the same way that these supposed companies would lock us out."
Permalink for comment 268127
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
by bfr99 on Mon 3rd Sep 2007 10:12 UTC
Member since:

The comments here are both boring and meaningless. The meaning of licenses and how thay apply to various situations is clearly subject to interpretations. These interpretations do not totally depend on the exact wording of the license but upon (perhaps differing) legal opinions and usage conventions. Get used to fact that interpretations will vary from location to location, jurisdiction to jurisdiction and time to time.

Reply Score: 1