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[Discuss] licensing: who freakin cares?

On Sun, 10 Apr 2016 16:09:37 -0400, Rich Pieri wrote:
> On 4/10/2016 2:55 PM, Robert Krawitz wrote:
>> That's a project management/governance issue independent of choice of
>> license model.
> Imposing quality controls on contributions to a GPL-protected work adds
> restrictions to how recipients distribute modifications to that work.
> This is expressly prohibited by the GPL. Absurd as it sounds, the GPL's
> terms really do prevent RMS from imposing discipline on his volunteer
> coders because they themselves are recipients of free (as in FSF)
> software. So yes, the GCC governance issues actually do derive from the
> license.

What particular clause of the GPL forbids a distributor from doing QA
on what s/he distributes?

Licensing something under the GPL does not require *you*, the package
maintainer, to accept contributions.  It does mean that you can't
impose quality controls on what someone else downstream does, but
package maintainers -- and downstream distributors -- have every right
to impose quality controls on what they _themselves_ distribute.

>> But the Linux kernel is also GPL-licensed, and it doesn't suffer from
>> those problems.
> That's because Linus Torvalds rejects RMS's philosophy. He imposes
> discipline and quality controls on contributions to the kernel despite
> this being a technical violation of the GPL's terms.

Again, I'd like to know exactly what caluse of the GPL forbids you
from imposing discipline and quality control on your own process?
Robert Krawitz                                     <rlk at>

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