Nessus no longer open source
kirk at strauser.com
Thu Oct 6 09:16:23 PDT 2005
On Thursday 06 October 2005 11:04, Gayn Winters wrote:
> [...] under the GPL the AUTHOR of the code is not bound by the same
> restrictions that the users are.
I don't think that's completely true. The author has copyright over the
work that they themselves wrote, but it's my understanding that outside
contributors retain copyright to the portions they wrote unless they
explicitly sign control over to the authors.
In other words, Nessus would be completely free to remove contributed
patches, or re-write them internally, but I don't think they're legally
able to close-source any code they didn't write.
Much ado was made at one point about some scammer or another offering to
"buy" Linux. The general concensus is that this would be legally
impossible without the permission of everyone who'd ever submitted a patch,
unless those patches were removed.
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