Subject: Re: JBoss aquired by Red Hat
From: Richard Stallman <>
Date: Mon, 01 May 2006 14:33:01 -0400

    Rather, the employer received that program via a distribution
    under the GPL.   It is, already, a GPLed program.  It has been
    distributed, just not publicly.

The company owns the copy, and has the right to distribute it, but
that copy does not belong to the employee.  He does not have a copy
unless the company gives it to him.

Also, note that the requirement for distributing modified versions
under the GPL applies only _when they are distributed_.  If you don't
distribute them, there is no requirement about its license.