Which license should I use?

Mike Meyer mwm at mired.org
Fri Nov 25 22:34:14 CET 2005

bkhl at stp.lingfil.uu.se (Björn Lindström) writes:
> Mike Meyer <mwm at mired.org> writes:
>> IANAL, but I don't believe the GPL helps in this situation. It places
>> conditions on redistributing the code; it doesn't force you to
>> redistribute modifieed code. Your employers could refuse to let you
>> take the code with you because they own partial copyright on it. They
>> couldn't sell it later because of the GPL on it, but that's not your
>> issue here.
> If they have the rights to the code, they can sell it, under the GPL or
> any license of their choosing. In addition, if you GPL it, your employer
> will be able to sell it, just like anyone else.

You're right - the GPL doesn't prevent them from selling it; it just
requires that they make source available to anyone they sell it to,
and prevents them from preventing people who buy it from giving it
away to anyone they want.

Mike Meyer <mwm at mired.org>			http://www.mired.org/home/mwm/
Independent WWW/Perforce/FreeBSD/Unix consultant, email for more information.

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