Subject: Re: GNU and classified software
From: Crispin Cowan <>
Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 20:58:51 -0700

"Jonathan S. Shapiro" wrote:

> > > So here's an evil meme:  Dr. Crispie's Evil Proprietary GCC Club.
> Membership
> > > is $500/year.  Members get access to our private fork of GCC.  Members
> may not
> > > share code outside the organization, or they forfeit their membership.
> Giving
> > > code from one member to another is not distribution -- its a transfer
> within a
> > > single legal entitity
> The non-sharing constraint violates GPL, and there isn't an intellectual
> property contract.

How so?  A company can constrain an employee from distributing GPL'd wares.
Why can't an Evil Club constrain members from sharing?

> Have all members sign all IP rights to Dr. Crispie and
> you might have something, though..:-)

I also don't see how that changes things.


Crispin Cowan, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist, WireX Communications, Inc.
Security Hardened Linux Distribution: