Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:23 UTC, submitted by wibbit
Apple Apple has bought the CUPS code base, and has hired it's lead developer. "CUPS was written by Michael R Sweet, an owner of Easy Software Products. In February of 2007 Apple Inc. hired Michael and acquired ownership the CUPS source code. While Michael is primarily working on non-CUPS projects, he will continue to develop and support CUPS, which is still being released under the existing GPL2/LGPL2 licensing terms."
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RE[3]: Say what?
by binarycrusader on Fri 13th Jul 2007 00:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Say what?"
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It means they now own the copyright to the code, and could relicense it if they wanted to.

As far as I can see, they may only do so if the new, relicensed version of CUPS would not be a derivative work of the old version, or if the old version was released under GPL + some kind of "Apple OS-Developed Software exception". Unfortunately, the latter seems to be the case...

The Apple OS exception was added *five years ago*.

They own the copyright to all the code because the original author of the code always required copyright assignment for integration of contributions.

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