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LinuxMedNews: Stallman Replies to VistA Licensing Issues

Nov 21, 2000, 08:35 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Stallman)

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"I would like to respond to the main question in the article and also correct a couple of mistakes in the article." "I am not a lawyer, but I have spoken extensively with lawyers about copyright questions. Presuming that the VistA software is in the public domain, if you combine it with a GPL-covered program you must release the combination *as a whole* under the GPL. Using the VistA code in this way is allowed because public domain status permits practically anything."

"However, the specific code that was in the public domain remains in the public domain. In other words, the fact that person A released the VistA code in a GPL-covered combination does not stop person B from using the VistA code in some other way."

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