[Battlemesh] Military advertising at Battlemesh

Ryan Hughes ryan at iheartryan.com
Wed Mar 21 21:35:13 CET 2012

> Some one mentioned http://www.egpl.info/feeds/1 but something that was once GPL will always be GPL
>  but it would be cool to find a  way to use eGPL to lock down the protocol I'm sure there is a
> "creative" way to do this.

If you get the agreement of all copyright holders, you can change the 
license.  Firefox did it (I forget why).  Rhythmbox did it once, to add an 
exception that it's okay to link with non-gpl gstreamer plugins.  I had 
contributed code, so I had to agree to it or my code would get ripped out 
for future releases.

If you do that, then the old versions of the software are still available 
under the old license, but new development will be in the new license.  So 
the military will be stuck with the old code, and developing on their own 
fork, which will probably grow to become incompatible.  Then there would 
be "OLSR for murderers" and "OLSR for The People", and they couldn't talk 
to each other.  Or whatever.


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