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Re: GPL Software Gold Standard

From: Martin Dickopp
Subject: Re: GPL Software Gold Standard
Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 13:20:16 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> Yet the GPL remains a dangerous defense for defenders of open source:
> the GPL is the basis for the open-source software industry,

The creators of the GPL are not interested in "open-source software".

> yet no court has ever ruled on the enforceability or interpretation
> of the agreement (one case relating to MySQL generated an opinion,
> but the court deferred interpretation of the GPL and the case
> settled).

> The language of the GPL is opaque and it has many ambiguities: it does
> not establish a governing law, the scope of "derivative works" that
> are governed by the GPL is unclear


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