[Fwd: FW: For Approval: Generic Attribution Provision]

Ben Tilly btilly at gmail.com
Thu Dec 14 20:53:07 UTC 2006

On 12/14/06, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> Quoting John Cowan (cowan at ccil.org):
> > David Dillard scripsit:
> > There are dozens of reasons for incompatibilities between various
> > OSI-certified licenses.
> This, however, is immiscibility of two codebases under the _same_ licence.

Is this new?

Suppose that I have 2 GPLed programs, and one exercised their rights
under section 8 to, say, deny distribution in the USA due to patent
concerns.  Wouldn't merging the two involve sublicensing the one that
did not exercise their rights under section 8.  If so, then that is
prevented by section 4 of the GPL.  Therefore it is at least possible
that those two GPLed program might not be able to be merged.

IANAL, TINLA and all that good stuff.


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