[linux-elitists] How is it possible to have a dual licensed Linux Distro.

Ben Finney ben@benfinney.id.au
Fri Aug 31 16:53:22 PDT 2007

On 31-Aug-2007, James Sparenberg wrote:
> The first line in this article -- 
> http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS3953873333.html is "A company 
> maintaining a dual-licensed Linux distribution for x86-based routers 
> ....."  and frankly to my puny mind seems like a big no no.  However 
> I could be wrong.

Any work of creative expression recognised under copyright law 
autmoatically has a copyright holder. A GNU/Linux distribution, if it 
involves such creative expression, can thus be licensed as a whole by  
its copyright holder, and can even be dual-licensed, as with any other 

Of course, such a distribution would be a derived work of all the 
parts that comprise it, and any license granted for the distribution 
would need to be compatible with all the licenses on the contributed 


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Ben Finney <ben@benfinney.id.au>
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