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Re-release restrictions (was: OpenDivX license)

On Tue, Jan 23, 2001 at 01:31:12PM -0800, Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> In context of the above, someone should be able to modify
> and use the software in a way not conformant to the MPEG-4 specifications,
> but the license is fine in saying that modification can't be redistributed
> (just as I can't distribute software that violates the GPL).

I'm terribly sorry to totally change the topic, however I find this very
interesting. It seems to me that I should be able to make a DFSG compliant
license as follows:

You can redistribute under these same conditions.
You can modify it locally.
You AREN'T allowed to redistribute modifications that fall under some
category (say - modifying function X).
Redistributing any other derived works are fine.

If the GPL is allowed to prohibit releasing a program with tiny snippets of
GPL'ed code b/c the license of the containing work is slightly non-GPL,
can I have the same sorts of restrictions and be DFSG free?

ie: can I prohibit re-releasing certain modifications of my code.


Wesley W. Terpstra <terpstra@javien.com>
Javien Canada Inc. - Linux Developer

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