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Re: cdrecord: weird GPL interpretation

Brian Sniffen writes:
>Steve McIntyre <steve@einval.com> writes:
>> Joerg's changes are clearly non-free; I've not seen anybody arguing
>> otherwise. We basically need to route around him at this point, and
>> fork from a previous free version. His ridiculous statement that his
>> new statements also apply to older (GPL) versions of cdrtools should
>> just be ignored as the puffery that it is IMHO...
>While legally you're right, I think from a point of view of politeness
>you're wrong.  Maybe somebody who isn't Debian will fork cdrtools, but
>in the meantime it should just be moved to non-free.

Politeness works both ways. Joerg is one of the most difficult FS
authors I've ever dealt with, and has been causing flamewars on many
lists for a long time. It wouldn't be the first time that we had
forked software to get away from an awkward upstream licensing change;
look at XFree86, for example. If he takes offence, that's his problem;
he should not have released under GPL.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
"C++ ate my sanity" -- Jon Rabone

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