Subject: Re: Open Source and Government agencies
From: shapj@us.ibm.com
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 22:38:33 -0500

> If source code is released under, say, the GPL, can the author
> later un-GPL it?

The authors collectively can do this, but the original author cannot make a
unilateral decision on behalf of other contributors. In practice, as
contributions to the code base get added and integrated, the right to make
such a re-release becomes hopelessly muddled.


Jonathan S. Shapiro, Ph. D.
Research Staff Member
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
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