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Re: LGPL reverse engineering clause & Java

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: LGPL reverse engineering clause & Java
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2004 22:16:10 +0100
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John Hasler <> writes:

> David Kastrup writes:
>> For the counterclaim of IBM against SCO the GPL might be considered
>> marginally relevant.
> Slightly more than marginal.  One of IBM's counterclaims [1] is that
> The SCO Group [2] has infringed IBM's copyrights by breaching the
> GPL.  It seems rather unlikely that Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
> would file such a claim if they doubted the enforceability of the
> GPL.

The GPL is not enforceable anyway, since the recipient of the software
is not required to accept it.  If he doesn't, however, he is back at
square one: normal copyright permissions.  And what SCO did with the
code of IBM is most certainly not legal without some contract or
permission.  If they consider the GPL not a valid permission, then
they'd better have a very good idea just why the code of IBM is free
for them to take and redistribute.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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