LGPL relicense port of rsync
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Sun Jan 24 20:52:58 UTC 2016
2016-01-24 18:53 GMT+01:00 Martin Pool <mbp at sourcefrog.net>:
>> You might be right but I am a bit hesitant.
> These are talking about different situations:
> - 'porting' in the sense of making code run on a different platform while
> still having some code in common
> - line-by-line rewrite or translation
> - writing a new program using the rsync source as documentation of the
> protocol, as you are doing
> In my (not a lawyer) opinion, the last of them does not create a copyright
> derivative, and (separately) I don't object to you doing that on GPL'd work
> that I wrote. I would consider the first two to be a violation.
OK, that distinction does make sense.
> I think you have a couple of cheap options to get some clarity:
> - mail the other key authors listed above explaining what you're doing and
> ask if they object
> - mail the FSF or SFLC as custodians of the L/GPL
Yes that is a very good idea. I will start by contacting FSF and see
if they can clarify this.
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