What good is VNC's GPL?
whooper "at" freeshell.org
Mon Apr 4 04:12:01 2005
Tim Meador said:
> * Mike Miller <mbmiller "at" taxa.epi.umn.edu> [2005-04-03 19:48]:
>> On Sun, 3 Apr 2005, Brian K. White wrote:
>>> Saying that they will only deal with realvnc and that they are not
>>> obligated to honor the license of public code they are using until
>>> realvnc approaches them or responds to their approaches is NOT
>>> acceptable unless they are not in fact using anything that is gpl'd.
>>> they are using something that is gpl'd then it doesn't matter that the
>>> original author organization (realvnc) happens to still be in
>>> existence, the code being used is already gpl and is no longer owned
>>> by realvnc and anyone using it is obligated to adhere to it's license
>>> simple as that.
>> I have questions about how the GPL works. RealVNC has developed an
>> Enterprise edition that is not being distributed under the GPL. I
>> assume that the Enterprise edition contains GPL code from the old
>> I also believe that this is OK because the RealVNC team owns the
>> copyright on the GPL code and they are allowed to use it in non-GPL
>> products. Am I right?
> No. No one can 'own' or copyright anything that's GPL'd. It's public
You are completely incorrect. GPL licensed software is not public domain.
The only way that the GPL can be inforced is because the the copyright
owner to the code gives the right to redistribute it under certain terms.
I suggest you take some time to read the GPL FAQ.