[lug] How to license a small program?

Davide Del Vento davide.del.vento at gmail.com
Thu Sep 25 15:21:23 MDT 2008

> The code I wrote is the linux utility that does the same thing for
> linux. I have been considering sending it to the manufacturer under
> the GPL. I am not sure I have the right to place it under the GPL.
> What are other peoples opinion on this? If it becomes to much of a
> legal hassle, I just won't send it back or distribute it.

Why not? Is the code your own creation? If yes, you have the rights to
distribute it on whatever license you like, notwithstanding the fact
that they "teach" you how to write the code you wrote.

If you use part of their source code, though, or if you linked it (it
is not clear to me) then it's another story, see

Since hw is involved, I'd strongly suggest GPLv3 and *not* v2.


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