GPL and forking
tlikonen at iki.fi
Fri Feb 13 14:21:20 GMT 2009
On 2009-02-13 04:39 (-0700), Aaron Toponce wrote:
> Ioannis Vranos wrote:
>>> I am writing a GUI front-end for a GPLv2 or later, perl script, I
>>> can't find the original author and I need to modify it, so as to
>>> work with my front-end.
> The beauty of the GPL is that you don't need the author's permission
> if you wish to take code, and fork. If you want to commit your change
> upstream, that may be a different matter.
Or more precisely: GPL is _the_ author's permission.
Copyright laws forbid things; GPL gives more rights.
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