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Re: SUN RPC code is DFSG-free

Andreas Barth <aba@not.so.argh.org> writes:
> * Jeremy Hankins (nowan@nowan.org) [030829 18:05]:

>> But when I received glibc licensed under the GPL (which includes
>> code derived from Sun RPC) I received it under the terms of the
>> GPL.  Technically the Sun RPC license still applies, but the GPL
>> guarantees me that the work as a whole is available to me under the
>> terms of the GPL (if not, the guy who gave it to me is in
>> violation, and I have no license to the code whatsoever).
> You seem to impley that the FSF has permission from sun to apply the
> GPL to the relevant code. Otherwise would _this_ license not be
> allowed to be treated as under GPL, but under a compatible license.
> Do you have a proof for this permission?

Huh?  I'm assuming you transposed 'would' and '_this_ license' in your
second sentence.  But even then I'm not sure I understand it.

I never said that the GPL was applied to the Sun RPC code.  I said
that it must be distributed under the terms of the GPL -- meaning that
the Sun RPC license must match the terms provided in the GPL.
Otherwise it can't be distributed.

(Hrm.  Or could it?  If the FSF made the modification, being the
copyright holder, they needn't do so under the requirements of 2.b of
the GPL.  So perhaps *they* can still distribute it....  But that
wouldn't make much difference, as no one else would be able to modify
it or link it with GPL code.)

Jeremy Hankins <nowan@nowan.org>
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