Re: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 16:16:17 EST

On Thu, 14 Jun 2007, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
> Then would you consider relicensing Linux under GPLv3 + additional
> permission for Tivoization?

No. I'm not stupid.

The GPLv3 explicitly allows removing additional permissions.

So anybody who does "GPLv3 + additional permissions" is basically setting
himself up for people taking those permissions away.

Since the Tivo kind of permission is in my opinion a *fundamental right*
(or call if "freedom" if you want), then "GPLv3 + additional permissions"
simply is not a viable alternative, since anybody could just decide to
make improvements and strip those permissions.

The whole notion of "additional permissions" in the GPLv3 is totally
pointless, since it's legally *exactly* the same as allowing dual
licensing (which a license doesn't even have to spell out: you can
dual-license *regardless* of the license!).

The reason for the "additional permissions" is just to make the LGPL go
away, and become a sub-clause of the GPLv3.

If you really thought anything else, you're just uninformed and stupid,
and didn't think things through.

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