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

From: Linonut
Subject: Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 20:28:05 -0400
User-agent: slrn/ (Linux)

* rjack peremptorily fired off this memo:

> The trouble is you can't write a copyright license that controls "all third 
> parties" as long "as they follow the GPL". Congress specifically forbid this
> situation with 17 USC sec. 301.

Tell it to IBM lawyers (for example).  Their copyright is appended to a
GPL notice in many Linux kernel modules.  Roughly 870 C and assembler files.

 *  Kernel Probes (KProbes)
 * This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
 * it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
 * the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
 * (at your option) any later version.
 * This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
 * but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of               
 * GNU General Public License for more details.                                 
 * You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
 * along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
 * Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.
 * Copyright (C) IBM Corporation, 2002, 2004

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