A “mini-editorial” about the cdrecord licensing issue over at OSNews begins:
Basically, the author of cdrecord modified its license to not allow modifications of his code by distros without doing so in cooperation with the author.
Many critisized[sic] the author as a free software-sellout, however, in my opinion, the author has the right to do these modifications and so I am with him…
The link there is to my original blog entry on the issue.
I think it’s clear in my original post, but I feel I should reiterate that I was not criticising Mr Schilling, merely pointing out some of the legal ramifications of his actions. I agree with the OSNews author, that he has the right to license his code how he likes; my point was merely that his change made the code unredistributable, which is probably not what he intended.
I am told (although I haven’t verified this) that the problematic comment has been removed in the latest release, so it looks like the matter has been happily resolved.