FDL University-courses II

Rui Miguel Seabra rms at 1407.org
Sun Jul 28 13:28:24 UTC 2002

On Wed, Jul 17, 2002 at 08:28:33AM +0200, Achim D. Brucker wrote:
> But, the author is not bound to the GPL for the further use of the program. He
> could stop distributing it, distribute it under a non-free licence or whatever
> he wants. Remark, that this is only valid as long, as he is the only copyright
> holder of the source (or all copyright holder agree in the re-licening). 
> A prominent example would be mysql, which copyright is completely held by
> MySQL AB. You can get mysql under the terms of the GPL, but your are also
> able, to by it under an non-free licence (e.g. for using it in a non-free
> project and thus avoiding the viral nature of the GPL).

Of course that then readers would have to deal with the viral effects of
non free licenses, like, you loose the ability to redistribute copies...

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Virus \Vi"rus\, n. [L., a slimy liquid, a poisonous liquid, poison,
stench; akin to Gr. ? poison, Skr. visha. Cf. {Wizen}, v. i.]

1. . (Med.) (...)

2. Fig.: Any morbid corrupting quality in intellectual or moral
conditions; something that poisons the mind or the  soul; as, the virus
of obscene books. 

Funny, the 'viral' argument is much more easily used against
proprietary stuff.

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