Release comercial application's sources as GPL but with rest r iction in usage
david.dillard at veritas.com
Tue Feb 15 20:20:28 UTC 2005
> From: Roddixon [mailto:roddixon at cyberspaces.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 2:19 PM
> To: David Dillard; 'Anderson, Kelly'; license-discuss at opensource.org
> Subject: RE: Release comercial application's sources as GPL
> but with restr iction in usage
> To be clear, this is true regarding the release of the
> initial codebase.
> As modifications of the source code are added to the initial
> codebase, the original copyright holder may find s/he is
> bound by copyleft in the same way as others unless
> contributors assign (transfer) copyright interests to the
> original copyright holder (when applicable).
Assuming that the original copyright holder accepts changes from others,
then yes. I think the only way to use the dual licensing model as the basis
for a commercial enterprise is for the original copyright holder to NOT
accept contributions from others, thus avoiding the problem you note.
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