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Wed Jun 20 20:47:03 UTC 2012
On Wed, 20 Jun 2012 22:06:31 +0200 (CEST), Wojciech Puchar wrote:
> > I have some friends that develop software. They had released it under
> > GNU umbrella. Later on, other folks were taking advantage and not
> isn't it that once you release your own work as GPL you don't really own
> this and even you cannot use it in closed source software?
Releasing something as GPL does not mean you give up
copyright. If I understood this whole thing correctly,
_you_ (as the creator) can still use the source that
you've just released to the public (under the GPL rules)
and create derivates from it, continue development
"internally" into a different direction and also use
it in a commercial way as closed-source. _Others_ can
not do so.
The act of releasing is, as far as I know, tied to a
specific version of the "source tree" - the point from
which others can see, download, use and modify the
source counts. If I understand the GPL correctly, from
that point (i. e. when contributions have taken place)
you cannot turn the "result" into closed source.
However, with your own work, you can.
Maybe some lawyer intellectual property copyright expert
can be more precise and elaborate. :-)
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
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