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Re: Bug#523093: undetermined copyright/license violation

I reply to this separately, because it's quite off-topic and unrelated
to the problem at hand.  I don't want to add noise to the wnpp log.

On Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 09:37:22AM +0100, Anthony W. Youngman wrote:
> THAT is why it is downright  
> offensive to change the licence on minor modifications to someone else's  
> file.

It is not.  The author chose a license that explicitly allows this,
in section 12, because they didn't want to prevent the license from
being upgraded by third parties.  This is precisely what is happening.

> The  
> legal result may not matter when mixing licences. But the Free Software  
> world places the SPIRIT of the grant much higher than the letter

The spirit of LGPL (or GPL for that matter) never intended to allow use of
patents as a means to impose a tax on software covered by the license, and
Novell is doing exactly that.  Looks like fair play to me.

Robert Millan

  The DRM opt-in fallacy: "Your data belongs to us. We will decide when (and
  how) you may access your data; but nobody's threatening your freedom: we
  still allow you to remove your data and not access it at all."

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