Licenses again...

Jeremy C. Reed reed at
Mon Sep 17 19:45:47 PDT 2007

On Tue, 18 Sep 2007, Petr Janda wrote:

> Hey all,
> In the recent issue between OpenBSD and Linux wireless about the Atheros 
> driver, GPL folks say they are allowed to relicense BSD-ed code provided 
> they leave the copyright and the license in the code. There are some BSD 
> folks who claim that the BSD license doesn't allow to relicense the 
> code, because they aren't the copyright holders of the code so they 
> cannot wrap the code in another license ie. GPL.
> What do people think?

The code has to have significant additions or modifications to be able to 
add your own copyright to the main part of the code.

(As an example, should someone who fixes spelling and grammar and adds and 
changes a few sentences to a 100-page open source book be able to pretend 
that code is theirs?)

Some of the code in question had dual licensing. In that case, both 
licenses should be included even when distributed.

  Jeremy C. Reed

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