[License-discuss] Creating GPL code

Ryan randomrhythm at rhythmengineering.com
Tue Oct 9 17:40:36 UTC 2012

Hello All,

I have a question I'm unable to confirm the answer to and was hoping someone on this list could kindly lend me their expertise in answering it.  I'm a freeware software coder and publish simple tools for anyone to download.  Recently I've been working on a larger project and because of its size I would like to license it under the GPL for others to freely build upon it as they see fit.  From what I understand of the GPL if you use GPL code in a separate project that separate project must be licensed under GPL too.  Now what I've done is sort of the opposite and borrowed code from freeware tools I've written not licensed under GPL and want to use the borrowed code in a GPL project.  My question is as the copyright holder of the code do I have to release all my other projects for which I borrowed/reused code from under the GPL?

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