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Re: Fedora Freedom and linux-libre

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.

It's possible, but rare for project that has been under the GPL for any length of time. Since there is no requirement to track the copyright ownership of contributers there is generally no way to get permission from all of them for a change. Of course a dual license could be applied from the start with one being less restrictive like perl's to eliminate that problem.

  Les Mikesell
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