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Re:, question

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re:, question
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 10:35:21 -0500 (CDT)

On Thu, 21 Aug 2008, Thomas Dickey wrote:

If it's _his_ source code (and assuming that _he_ licensed it GPL), he can distribute whatever set of files he chooses. The restriction applies for files that he gets from someone else.

If no one else is allowed to distribute the package, then what's the point of applying GPL at all? I am not so sure that your claim is true since if the original package does not meet the requirements of GPL, then the package can't be properly licensed via GPL. A pig is still a pig regardless of how you paint it.

I find the practice of stripping these files to be particularly abhorrent so I would not be able to offer any technical support for such an activity.

OS distribution package maintainers are likely to reject the software package as being a candidate for distribution since their hands are tied if anything is wrong.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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