Converting/Splitting Code - Open to Closed
robloemers at stoel.com
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 (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html) 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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