Hi Peter,

Both of us have remained quiet while others keep fighting, but I don't think it is necessary to continue this way.

Here's what I propose:

Since none of us are real lawyers, we can go on like this forever. I will work on getting the necessary funding for hiring a real lawyer, who will come in and provide legal advice on the matter.

Would that be considered a way to resolve the conflict and satisfy both ends?

I appreciate your concerns for doing things right, but we need to get over this at some point and move on. A lot of energy has already been put onto this.

Best regards,
- Marc-Andre

On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 10:05 AM, Peter Åstrand <astrand@cendio.se> wrote:

If I wrote a
program or a module and released it under GPL and I am the copyright
holder, I have the right to relicense it to anything I want. GPL code

Yes, this is correct.

I think you should look at the FreeRDP wiki again and check out who has
agreed to relicense his code to Apache v2 and look at the report again.

I have looked at the Wiki. If you are referring to http://www.freerdp.com/wiki/doku.php?id=license_change, it only contains a list of people who has agreed to the change. There are many people missing on that list. If I take the rdesktop AUTHORS list and remove the persons on your Wiki I get:

Alexi Volkov <alexi@myrealbox.com>
Erik Forsberg <forsberg@cendio.se>
GuoJunBo <guojunbo@ict.ac.cn>
Henrik Andersson <hean01@cendio.se> for Cendio AB
Hugo Trippaers <spark@ision.nl>
Jeremy Meng <void.foo@gmail.com>
Matrox Graphics Inc.
Michael Gernoth <mike@zerfleddert.de>
Michal Mihalik <mmihalik@sme.sk>
Peter Astrand <astrand@cendio.se> for Cendio AB
Peter Kallden <peter.kallden@ub.oru.se>
Pierre Ossman <ossman@cendio.se> for Cendio AB

This list can probably be trimmed down, but as I have mentioned before, according to the statistics, Erik Forsberg, Pierre Ossman and me have done substantial work on rdesktop (many commits). Neither of us have agreed to the change. Even if you are able to assert that you have rewritten every line of code that we have implemented, it would still be difficult to claim that FreeRDP is not derived from our copyrighted rdesktop code. Our work started 2002, so work done by other developers (such as Matt, which has agreed to the change) since then may also be derived from our work.

Think about the numbers again. We have done 50% of the commits in the rdesktop project, on which FreeRDP is based. It's quite clear to me that FreeRDP is derived from our work to some extent, no matter how much you are tweaking, reorganizing, or rewriting the code.

Don't get us wrong, we are not opposed to the FreeRDP project. However, you cannot force a license change when are not agreeing to it. You will need to use GPLv2 or later.

Regards, ---

Peter Åstrand           ThinLinc Chief Developer
Cendio AB               http://www.cendio.com
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583 30 Linköping        Phone: +46-13-21 46 00

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