Subject: Re: Partial OpenSource products/licenses?
From: Rick Moen <>
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002 23:43:48 -0700

Quoting John Cowan (

> You could, but "once GPL, always GPL"; there would be no way to
> incorporate open improvements into the closed version.

Requesting (and getting) an appropriate grant of permission from the 
patch's copyright holder would seem to suffice.  In fact, some
maintainers of GPLed codebases (e.g., Tripwire) don't accept patches
without formal assignment of copyright. 

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