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Re: Copyright question: GPL patches for non-GPL packages (fwd)

From: Maarten Boekhold <maartenb(at)dutepp0(dot)et(dot)tudelft(dot)nl>
To: hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Copyright question: GPL patches for non-GPL packages (fwd)
Date: 1998-01-24 10:32:46
Message-ID: Pine.SUN.3.91.980124113152.19949A@dutepp0.et.tudelft.nl (view raw or flat)
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Hi,

I read this message on the debian development list. Thought it might be 
of interest to scrappy on the PostODBC thingie...

Maarten

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Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 23:47:23 +0100
From: David Frey <david(at)eos(dot)lugs(dot)ch>
To: debian-devel(at)lists(dot)debian(dot)org
Subject: Re: Copyright question: GPL patches for non-GPL packages

On Thu, Jan 22 1998 13:18 +0100 Andreas Jellinghaus writes:
> if you want to mix gpl'ed software with other software, that other
> software's licence may not conflict with the gpl.
> 
> for example, you can mix software with bsd style licencens (or x window
> licence) with GPL'ed software, becuase these two licences do not
> conflict. the mix will be under GPL'ed.
[...]
> example: this is allowed
> bsd + gpl
[...]
I recall reading once ago, that the standard BSD license is incompatible
with the GPL because of point 4.:

4. Neither the name of the University nor the names of its contributors
   may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software
   without specific prior written permission.

which is an additional restriction, which is not allowed under the GPL:

 6. Each time you redistribute the Program (or any work based on the
Program), the recipient automatically receives a license from the
original licensor to copy, distribute or modify the Program subject to
these terms and conditions.  You may not impose any further
restrictions on the recipients' exercise of the rights granted herein.
You are not responsible for enforcing compliance by third parties to
this License.

So people who wanted to have both licenses applicable on their code,
cancelled the fourth paragraph of the original BSD license...

David


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