Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Apr 2007 13:14 UTC, submitted by detonator
OpenBSD "I, Michael Buesch, am one of the maintainers of the GPL'd Linux wireless LAN driver for the Broadcom chip (bcm43xx). The Copyright holders of bcm43xx (which includes me) want to talk to you, OpenBSD bcw developers, about possible GPL license and therefore copyright violations in your bcw driver. We believe that you might have directly copied code out of bcm43xx (licensed under GPL v2), without our explicit permission, into bcw (licensed under BSD license)." The entire thread can be found here.
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Free as in Waaaagh!
by Brandybuck on Fri 6th Apr 2007 19:24 UTC
Brandybuck
Member since:
2006-08-27

Richard Stallman: "Software should not be owned"
Michael Buesch: "Obey MY rules or suffer!"

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RE: Free as in Waaaagh!
by Adam S on Fri 6th Apr 2007 20:06 in reply to "Free as in Waaaagh!"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

Richard Stallman: "Software should not be owned"
Michael Buesch: "Obey MY rules or suffer!"


HARDLY! Michael Buesh is saying that they took GPL'ed software and relicensed it under a more liberal license. The point Theo is missing is that for all this nonsense, he's actually making it MUCH less attractive to license something under the GPL (or any open source license) for fear that someone will do something like this (intentionally or not).

If this were MY code and someone copied and pasted it into a BSD'ed project AND COMMITTED IT, I'd be pissed too. Theo is wrong and he knows it, and that's why he's doing this dog and pony show about how it was "inhumane" to expose the infraction on a public list.

Whatever. The BSD guys ripped off the code, and rather than fix it peacefully without anyone noticing, Theo has inspired headlines like this: "Open Source coders caught stealing Open Source code"

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=38746

Way to go, de Raadt. Shoulda kept your fat mouth shut and let the comitter fess up and move on.

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RE: Free as in Waaaagh!
by dylansmrjones on Fri 6th Apr 2007 21:15 in reply to "Free as in Waaaagh!"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

That's quite a misquoting.

RMS' view is that it is okay to own code. That's not the issue. The problem is not ownership but lack of freedom to run, study & adapt, redistribute the program - and improve the program and distribute it.

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