[wp-hackers] Plugin Licenses

Computer Guru computerguru at neosmart.net
Sat Mar 17 05:32:06 GMT 2007

Yeah, I'm talking about the other way around.
You can put BSD code in a GPL project, but you can't put GPL code in a BSD

Like Alex said, it's one-way compatible. Geoffrey was hinting at putting GPL
code in a BSD project and just calling that particular module GPL and using
it from the rest of the project (if I understood him correct), making it
two-way compatible.

But the FSF forbids this kind of behavior :)

Computer Guru
NeoSmart Technologies

> -----Original Message-----
> From: wp-hackers-bounces at lists.automattic.com [mailto:wp-hackers-
> bounces at lists.automattic.com] On Behalf Of Geoffrey Sneddon
> Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2007 12:15 AM
> To: wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com
> Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] Plugin Licenses
> On 16 Mar 2007, at 20:04, Computer Guru wrote:
> > Because GPL is viral and the FSF says you can't stick it in a BSD
> repo
> > without infecting the entire BSD project with the GPL.
> Go read the GPL. You cannot place any _further_ restrictions
> contained within the GPL. You can have pieces of code released with
> _less_ conditions. As I've already said, you cannot change the
> license without the copyright holder's permission. The BSD license
> does not give that permission, therefore, it remains BSD licensed,
> and under your theory it is therefore GPL incompatible.
> - Geoffrey Sneddon
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