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Re: Fedora Freedom and linux-libre

Matthew Saltzman wrote:
On Mon, 2008-06-30 at 11:25 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
Les Mikesell wrote:
Perhaps there are places who want to prevent better versions than their own from ever being available and use this to justify the GPL restrictions on combinations with other components. From a user's perspective, though, this is just as harmful as any other anti-competitive ploy to limit choices. And unfortunately, even if the business reasons to maintain the restrictions on a particular product go away, the restrictions, once applied, never do.
That's factually incorrect. Relicensing, dual or even tri licensing happens all the time.

Well, sometimes.  Arranging for retroactive relicensing of existing
projects is often problematic, particularly when there are numerous,
widely distributed developers, or when the developers are unreachable or
unwilling to consider it.

That makes "never" factually incorrect. You are agreeing with my point. Besides large projects such as Mozilla, gstreamer and others have managed retroactive relicensing. So it is certainly possible although possibly difficult in some cases.


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