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Re: What is the licence of Debian-specific files (Was: Intent to package "vibrant" graphical library

Craig Sanders writes:
> because the original work is public domain, you can even re-license the
> entire work under your own terms...e.g. the GPL.

You cannot relicense someone else's work.

> nothing would stop anyone else from treating the original as PD (because
> it *is* PD), but your version (including all your enhancements) would be
> GPL.  so nobody can steal your work into a proprietary program.

And they can take his version, extract the original work embedded therin,
and treat it as PD.

> you can certainly release a BSD-licensed work with your patches and
> license your changes under the GPL. this puts the entire derived work
> under the terms of both the BSD license and the GPL.

The real BSD, complete with its silly advertising clause, is incompatible
with the GPL.
John Hasler
john@dhh.gt.org (John Hasler)
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI

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