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From: pauls at (Schmehl, Paul L)
Subject: Fw: Red Hat Linux end-of-life update andtransition planning

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jonathan A. Zdziarski [] 
> Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2003 9:11 AM
> To: Tim
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: [Full-Disclosure] Fw: Red Hat Linux end-of-life 
> update andtransition planning
> I agree all code should be kept open...but I shouldn't be 
> able to download someone else's book online and then sell it, 
> now should I?
Well, yes, you should.  If I've released my book as "open source" under
the GPL, then by contract I have specifically authorized you to
repackage it and sell it in any form you want so long as you don't alter
my work.  Want you cannot do is claim that the original work is yours.
And you can't prevent anyone else from taking that same book and
repackaging it and selling it.

You just don't understand the GPL.
Paul Schmehl (
Adjunct Information Security Officer
The University of Texas at Dallas
AVIEN Founding Member 

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