how much right do I have on my project, if there are patches by others?

John Cowan cowan at
Fri Jul 6 17:33:28 UTC 2007

Joseph Hick scripsit:

> so in order to avoid it, i have to reject his patch
> and code the same changes myself. is there any other way?

As you know, you can also ask the patch author to transfer the
copyright; a third way is to ask for the patch to be licensed
under a permissive license such as the BSD license that is
compatible with both the GPL and proprietary use.

John Cowan  cowan at
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blighting creatures, or is bound by grave and perilous Licences shall it
capture.  And in capturing shall it replicate, and in replicating shall
it document, and in documentation shall it bring freedom, serenity and
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