Re: Linux kernel complete licence check, Q.12
On Mon, 2002-11-18 at 10:08, Henning Makholm wrote:
> > All portions of governed files not labeled otherwise are owned by Hans
> > Reiser, and by adding your code to it, widely distributing it to
> > others or sending us a patch, and leaving the sentence in stating that
> > licensing is governed by the statement in this file, you accept this.
> Adding things to the files without due notice of the change is
> *forbidden* by the GPL. Essentially this notice seems to say that you
> get the *additional* right to do such additions if you transfer your
> copyright to Hans Reiser. Formally that amounts to a dual-licensing
> scheme which is fine by the DFSG as long as one of the alternatives
> (i.e. GPL) is free.
This is somewhat bogus. Reiser demands a specific form for the change
notices required by GPL (2)(a) -- you have to remove a sentence. And
this is certainly a requirement in addition to the GPL, which conflicts
with section (6).
Fortunately, this doesn't actually work in the US. You can't transfer
copyright implicitly in the US -- you need signed paperwork (17 USC 204
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