Re: Acknowledgment clause in GPL code?
On Sat, Dec 23, 2006 at 12:13:10AM +0100, Francesco Poli wrote:
> That is a completely different aspect of the issue.
> I apologize for not being clear enough: I was talking about the
> sentences outside the GPL text.
> So, to state the matter in a (hopefully) clearer way: AFAICS, the
> | IT MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED OR
> | MODIFIED WITHOUT EXPLICIT CREDIT GIVEN TO THE AUTHOR.
> refers to the original author as "THE AUTHOR" and hence asks for credit
> to the original author.
> On the other hand, everything that is required by the GPL text must be
> done in order to exercize the granted permissions.
> One important thing that is still to be clarified is the nature of those
> sentences outside the GPL text: are they explanations for lay persons or
> additional restrictions?
This is not an additional restriction; this is a requirement set out in
copyright law that has not been waived in the GPL, so since the copyright
holder has not stated anywhere that this is intended as a license addendum,
I think it's reasonable to understand it as an explanation instead.
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