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Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record


From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record
Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2007 16:44:13 +0100

David Kastrup wrote:
[...]
> So what reasons do you assume for the many GPL cases that get settled
> out of court for defendants with big pockets and plaintiffs with small
> ones?

The notion of suing people to force them to publish original or even 
modified source with no commercial value is rather pointless from 
defendants perspective, since the source is so readily available from 
others. And so defendants simply don't bother to fight and prefer to
settle agreeing to provide one more mirror.

If, on the other hand, Moglen & Co ever dares to sue (based on his 
utterly insane "complete source code" and "derived work" theories)
forcing to GPL the code with some not insignificant commercial value,
the GPL'd code base will end up in quasi public domain rather quickly.

regards,
alexander.

--
"PlaintiffsÂ’ copyrights are unique and valuable property whose market 
value is impossible to assess"

                             -- SOFTWARE FREEDOM LAW CENTER, INC.


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