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

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Tue Dec 19 04:14:01 UTC 2006

Nick Moffitt wrote:
>   A: The GPL as published by the FSF all but self-destructs when you try
> to impose additional restrictions such as the aforementioned "clause 8
> addition".

Well...not exactly.  Additional restrictions are invalid when added by
redistributors.  The original author can have them, though the FSF
frowns on it.  More importantly, the clause 8 restriction is a clause of
the GPL; thus, the GPL hardly self-destructs when it is specified by the
copyright holder.

> They are not in the habit of licensing it to developers for the purposes of
> adding additional restrictions.  

No, they allow this: "You can use the GPL terms (possibly modified) in
another license provided that you call your license by another name and
do not include the GPL preamble"

Matthew Flaschen

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