Redistribution constraint

Ian Lance Taylor ian at
Thu Aug 19 18:36:59 UTC 2004

"Andrea Chiarelli" <a.chiarelli at> writes:

> The GPL constraint that imposes that every distribution must be licensed
> under the GPL itself is not a restriction on redistribution? Is not GPL an
> OS license?

This type of restriction is considered to be acceptable.  If a license
can not require that it apply to redistribution, then it is

> Is a license that prohibits me from redistributing under another license not
> against the concept of freedom? (Just to understand!)

Again, if you are permitted to redistribute code under a license of
your choice, then licensing has no meaning.


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