[Asterisk-Dev] voicemail message number limits

Kevin P. Fleming kpfleming at backtobasicsmgmt.com
Sun Jul 25 09:07:17 MST 2004

Andy Powell wrote:

> Before this thread turns into a complete yawnfest (oops too late) can I ask if it's safe to make the assumption that everything in the CVS source tree is GPL? IE  if I approached Digium/Mark with some code would he refuse to add it to CVS if it was not GPL (aside from the disclaimer issue)? Is the fact that it is in CVS indicative of it's licencing being GPL?

He would refuse to merge it not because it wasn't distributed under the 
GPL, but because the copyright holder of that code had not signed over 
copyright of the code to Digium. If the copyright holder of that code is 
willing to sign over to Digium, then any license(s) that code may have 
been previously distributed under are completely irrelevant.

As is stands today, here is the situation (except for maybe 

- Everything in the CVS tree is copyrighted by Digium. This is true 
whether Digium created the code or not, because they don't take 
contributions without copyright assignment.

- Digium chooses to distribute all the code in CVS under the GPL, as is 
their right since they are the copyright holder. All of that code can be 
used in any fashion that the GPL allows.

- Digium will not put anything into the CVS tree that cannot be 
distributed under the terms of the GPL.

You must change your thinking slightly: code cannot "be" GPL. Code can 
be distributed under the terms of the GPL, but the code itself is still 
a copyrighted work (unless it has been placed into the public domain).

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