Converting/Splitting Code - Open to Closed

Ralph Bloemers robloemers at
Mon Feb 12 22:05:51 UTC 2001

A colleague just asked me the following question, any thoughts from the list?

Can the OWNER of the copyright in software code that has been released under a GPL ( change its mind and take the software *private* (any future versions would be proprietary and released only under typical object code only licenses)?

In reality, the code would most likely *fork,* leaving one strand open and the other proprietary.

Oh, and, at least for now, I'm not concerned about enforceability or who would have standing to sue.


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