[rtmpdump] Licensing terms of rtmpdump (WAS: [PATCH] Add option --realtime (-R) to rtmpdump to disable the BUFX hack)

Howard Chu hyc at highlandsun.com
Thu Jul 26 15:42:53 CEST 2012

Alasdair Lumsden wrote:
> Hi Howard,
> On 26/07/2012 13:04, Howard Chu wrote:
>> Just as an aside, KSV is no longer licensed to use the rtmpdump project's code
>> in any of his work. More explicitly, as the copyright owner of the Project, I
>> am changing the license terms to specifically exclude him. Anyone else may
>> still freely use the code under the terms of the GPL. KSV is expressly
>> excluded, and has no rights to use the code in any way, no matter in what form
>> the code arrived in his hands.
> I think you've misunderstood the consequences of applying an open source 
> license to code you have authored.
> While you may be the copyright holder for any code you have authored, as 
> soon as you apply the GPL license to that code, you waive certain 
> rights, such as the ability to restrict who may or may not use the code.

Nonsense. As the author of the code I choose how it gets licensed. As the
author of the code I can choose to dual-license or whatever else fits my purpose.

When a user of the code receives it under a specific license, they are
required to adhere to that specific license. When they break the terms of that
license, as KSV has done, they no longer have any rights under that license.

> The GPL clearly states "You may not impose any further restrictions on 
> the recipients' exercise of the rights granted herein."
> Therefore you can't revoke someones right to use, distribute or modify 
> any source code you have released under the GPL.

KSV has already forfeited his rights by breaking the terms of the GPL. I don't
actually need to do anything here, his rights have implicitly been revoekd due
to his violation.

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