[Asterisk-Dev] voicemail message number limits

dking at pimpsoft.com dking at pimpsoft.com
Sat Jul 24 16:40:57 MST 2004

On 24 Jul 2004 at 19:06, Andrew Kohlsmith wrote:

> On Saturday 24 July 2004 19:02, dking at pimpsoft.com wrote:
> > Exactly. I don't agree with that; There is nothing keeping open
> > sourced GPL software from being sold commercially without that as
> > long as the GPL is followed and the source is included when you sell
> > it. I don't like the idea of a company thinking they can sell the
> > work of others and not follow the rules.
> How are they not following the rules?  You can fork asterisk if you like.  
> It's GPL.  What they are doing is trying to keep the source "clean" in case 
> they want to sell it commercially.  I don't disagree with that at all.

Yes but modifications come from GPL licensed source, even if you sign away your rights to it legally you can not sign it into the public domain, thus digum’s making you sign a disclaimer to that effect is legal invalid and against not only the law but the GPL itself. It does not matter who owns the copyright, its GPL when you check it out and it must be GPL when you check it back in. That is the nature of the gpl, it is viral in nature.
> > Also keep in mind that what digum is doing in that regard is
> > technically _illegal_ since having people sign away there rights
> > violates the GPL since it _explicitly_ states that all users of the
> > software _must_ have the same rights as the user before and to follow
> > it you _must_ give others the same rights you have.
> It's not illegal at all.  They are the copyright holder of Asterisk, they can 
> do whatever they damn well please without violating the GPL.  I think you 
> need to brush up on your understanding of what the GPL does and doesn't do.

See the above statement. 
> -A.
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