Subject: Re: combining software under different licenses
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2009 17:01:48 -0400

David Woolley scripsit:

> The GPL does not require improvements to be shared with the original
> author.   [...]  All it requires is that anyone who receives a binary
> compiled from that improved version, has the right to receive a copy
> of the corresponding source.

Quite so.  I was speaking of (my interpretation of) the FSF's intent
rather than the ipssisima verba of the GPL.  Although the GPL's actual
requirement is quite limited, it seems plain that the FSF *wants*
people to share their modifications with everyone (which would include
the FSF itself).

First known example of political correctness:   John Cowan
After Nurhachi had united all the other
Jurchen tribes under the leadership of the
Manchus, his successor Abahai (1592-1643)
issued an order that the name Jurchen should       --S. Robert Ramsey,
be banned, and from then on, they were all           The Languages of China
to be called Manchus.