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Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs

From: Arnoud Engelfriet
Subject: Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 17:32:20 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> Arnoud Engelfriet wrote:
> > I'm not sure that the Linux license status is comparable to other
> > GPL-licensed works. But in any case, without binding case law
> > a prudent lawyer must prepare for the worst. It may be unlikely,
> > but if the unlikely interpretation hurts your client, your
> > client should prepare for it.
> Yes. The only problem is that such "prudence" means tremendous loss 
> of world-wide productivity, it puts a barrier for many would-be-
> contributors, etc. 

Yes. If you have a better suggestion, please let me know. If
the consequence is that my client may get sued successfully,
I unfortunately can't accept it. 

It would be a lot better for everyone if ther was some definite
ruling one way or the other. So we need someone to be the
test case. Unfortunately, you'll have a hard time finding someone.


Arnoud Engelfriet, Dutch patent attorney - Speaking only for myself
Patents, copyright and IPR explained for techies:

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