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Submission + - MySQL man pages silently relicensed away from GPL 2

An anonymous reader writes: From the "Gimme it! Its Mine!" department, The MariaDB blog is reporting a small change to the license covering the man pages to MySQL. Until recently the governing license was GPLv2, now the license reads:

This software and related documentation are provided under a license agreement containing restrictions on use and disclosure and are protected by intellectual property laws. Except as expressly permitted in your license agreement or allowed by law, you may not use, copy, reproduce, translate, broadcast, modify, license, transmit, distribute, exhibit, perform, publish, or display any part, in any form, or by any means. Reverse engineering, disassembly, or decompilation of this software, unless required by law for interoperability, is prohibited.

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MySQL man pages silently relicensed away from GPL

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  • This is why you shouldn't work on free software that requires you to hand over your copyright. This applies to the Free Software Foundation, too. Of course the FSF would be ideologically opposed to selling their copyrights to a proprietary software company, but what happens if one day donations dry up and they go bankrupt? Then the purchasers of the assets would be perfectly entitled to relicense your code however they want. Even if a bankrupt FSF tried to sell their assets to free-software-friendly comp
  • Will we soon see a LibreSQL project as we have seen a LibreOffice.

    Note: I just googled and it appears that a similar comment to this occurred almost a year ago.

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