Strawman licensing policy

Adam Jackson ajax at
Tue Sep 21 08:48:07 PDT 2004

On Tuesday 21 September 2004 11:16, Matthieu Herrb wrote:
> Jim Gettys wrote:
> >  Strawman policy on licensing
> >         ==================================
> >   Jim Gettys
> >     9/20/2004 version .1
> I fully agree with this policy.
> Licensing on parts of X should not prevent it from being ported and
> distributed as part of the different systems that use X.
> In particular, the kernel drivers should have a liberal enough license
> that allows one to port them (or write the corresponding bits from
> scratch using the existing code as documentation) without causing any
> licensing trouble, for free or non free systems.

This last is the sticky bit.  It's never been clear to me how much someone 
reimplementing GPL code has to distance themselves from the code they're 
reimplementing.  Is anyone enough of a lawyer to clarify that?

- ajax
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