[TUHS] Lexical comparator, was Re: the battle against SCO
M. Warner Losh
imp at bsdimp.com
Tue Sep 16 13:10:11 AEST 2003
In message: <Pine.LNX.4.56.0309152131290.24213 at zen.canint.timetraveller.org>
Robert Brockway <robert at timetraveller.org> writes:
: a) Code which is licenced in a manner incompatible with the GPL
: b) Code that the copyright holder did not authorise going into the kernel.
There's a lot of code that originated in the BSD world that had its
copyrights shorn off, a GPL splatted on and the mass hacking began.
Many of these are no longer recognizable from there original form, and
aren't a problem. Some have much more in common with the original.
Linux is vulnerable to the original author having a shit fit if they
ever find out. Most of the open source authors are amused when this
happens, so the odds are low a big deal would be made of it. This
practice was wide-spread in the early 1990s, although things have
improved a lot.
However, without something like CVS and the legal assignment of
copyright (or formal acknowledgement of licensing under the GPL, which
is harder to defend), this will always be a problem with Linux.
The BSD projects are a little tigher about this, but still would be
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