Partial OpenSource products/licenses?

Rick Moen rick at
Thu Oct 3 06:43:48 UTC 2002

Quoting John Cowan (jcowan at

> You could, but "once GPL, always GPL"; there would be no way to
> incorporate open improvements into the closed version.

Requesting (and getting) an appropriate grant of permission from the 
patch's copyright holder would seem to suffice.  In fact, some
maintainers of GPLed codebases (e.g., Tripwire) don't accept patches
without formal assignment of copyright. 

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