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Re: The Great Licensing Discussion

Chris writes:
> The relicensing debate is something which is surprisingly complex.  My
> view (after discussing this with Richard Fontana from the software
> freedom law center a couple years ago) is that the BSD license does
> not allow attaching restrictions to unmodified BSD-licensed code.

If it is unmodified you cannot "relicense" it regardless of the original
license because there is nothing there in which you own any copyright
and only the copyright owner can grant a license.  If it is modified
your license applies to the resulting derivative and to your
modifications but not to any portions of the original that remain
unchanged.  You cannot attach restrictions to code in which you do not
own copyright (not may not: cannot).
John Hasler 
Elmwood, WI USA