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Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code
Date: 21 Jun 2004 10:57:08 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50 (Paul Jarc) writes:

> Stefaan A Eeckels <> wrote:
> > Finally, why go against the stated wishes of the author
> > or copyright holder? It's not that using the GPL is some
> > kind of abomination that needs to be circumvented to keep
> > the Universe's moral balance intact, is it?
> If Alexander's view were to hold up in court, it wouldn't apply only
> to GPL'ed works.  It would apply to all works - in particular, we
> would be more free to make use of proprietary works (we think) we
> are now.
> Also, proprietary vendors might be less afraid to tie their works to
> GPL'ed works, so free software could become more widespread.

So what?  It is irrelevant speculating about a world in which the
courts followed Alexander's interpretation.  Reality is what we are
stuck with.

As you can see with the SCO/IBM court case, even ridiculously far more
extended claims of derivation and copyright don't get thrown out of

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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