Open Source application GPL legality

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Oct 14 05:21:49 UTC 2009

shd scripsit:

> The question is - can I share my application released on GPL license at 
> the same time dynamically obfuscating and morphing an executable file 
> with *not shared* utility? Result would be - client + server are both 
> open source, but if someone wants to stay connected with *my* server he 
> has to use concrete (my) compilation from.

If you own the copyright on the software, you can release it under any
license you please.  That's what it means to own something: you can set
any conditions you like on others' use of it.

John Cowan             cowan at
One of the oil men in heaven started a rumor of a gusher down in hell.  All
the other oil men left in a hurry for hell.  As he gets to thinking about
the rumor he had started he says to himself there might be something in
it after all.  So he leaves for hell in a hurry.    --Carl Sandburg

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