[Mono-list] problems with relicensing

Josh Emmons jemmons@capitalprinting.com
Thu, 10 Jan 2002 12:33:57 -0500

Martin Coxall wrote:

> Once GPL, always GPL. Ximian could re-release the code under a proprietary
> license, but the GPL'd code would be available ad aeturnum.
> I guess the important thing any person assigning their copyright to Ximian
> has to ask is "do I mind my code being dual licensed by Ximian, with the
> intent of using that proprietary software to fund further Free Software
> developments"?

While I have faith in the intentions of Ximian in general and Miguel in 
particular, it is important that we do not assume, when asking ourselves 
this question, that the funds collected through relicensing will go to 
"further Free Software developments".  We have no guarantee that any 
proceeds generated from our contributed code will be use in such a 
laudable fashion -- just as we have no guarantee that Miguel or any of 
the current employees of Ximian will be calling the shots in the future.

This, to me, is not a deal breaker.  But it is worth keeping in mind.