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From: John Goerzen <jgoerzen@c...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] BSD vs. GPL
On Thu, Apr 15, 2004 at 10:20:54AM +1000, skaller wrote:
> On Thu, 2004-04-15 at 01:05, John Goerzen wrote:
> > On Wed, Apr 14, 2004 at 12:38:08AM -0700, Brandon J. Van Every wrote:
> 
> > If somebody wants to use my code in a commercial project, they are of
> > course welcome to negotiate a different license for that with me.  
> 
> If so much as ONE other person contributes to your
> code in any way, including any GPL code you include
> in your package, the code is no longer yours,
> and you are not free to offer a commercial licence.
> ALL the other contributors would have to agree first.

That is no different between the GPL and the BSD; if someone wanted a
non-BSD license from me, I'd have the same restriction.  Of course, the
difference lies in that somebody wanting to close the source to a
BSD-licensed work already has permission to do so, so it'd be less
likely to find them asking me.

But you have exaggerated it somewhat.  The "one other person" is correct
but "in any way" is, AFAIK, not.  The contribution must be significant
enough to be copyrightable.  That means that if I send you a diff that
corrects "5 + 6" to "5 + 7", you don't have anything to worry about.

There are some extensive threads on this topic in the debian-legal
archives should you wish to google for them.

-- John

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