YAPL is bad (was: Re: Backlog assistance?)

Karsten M. Self kmself at ix.netcom.com
Mon Sep 24 20:17:06 UTC 2001

on Mon, Sep 24, 2001 at 03:09:27PM +0100, Rob Myers (robmyers at mac.com) wrote:
> on 24/9/01 2:15 pm, John Cowan at jcowan at reutershealth.com wrote:

> A disgruntled programmer can stop voluntarily not distributing [GPLed]
> code. 

Not legally, and at pain of violating copyright of his/her company.

The GPL is an affirmative license, not a presumptive one.  It states
that one *may* distribute software under the terms of the license, not
that one *must* distribute.

Unilateral actions of an employee in distributing derived works in which
his/her employer is copyright holder would presumably trigger, among
other things, possible copyright violation actions against the employee.

IANAL, TINLA.  I'm not a member or spokesman for OSI.


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