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

From: Rahul Dhesi
Subject: Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 16:02:04 +0000 (UTC)
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Hyman Rosen <> writes:

>> SFLC does dismiss complaints automatically before defendants file any
>> response to the complaint and any ruling from judge (actually before
>> having him a chance to even read the GPL and complaint).

>And afterwards, the GPLed software is found to be available as required.
>Some people think this is a coincidence completely unrelated to the suit.

There is, however, one interesting question.

The terms of a settlement are kept confidential if they would embarrass
or harm a settling party.

I wonder who would be embarrassed or harmed in these cases if the terms
of the settlements became public.

There is definitely something philosophically contadictory about a
closed-source settlement intended to preserve the open-source-ness of

Somebody wants to hide something.  Who -- the defendants or the SFLC?
It's hard to tell.

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