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Re: The GPL dream is finally over!

From: Linonut
Subject: Re: The GPL dream is finally over!
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 09:31:15 -0400
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* Rjack peremptorily fired off this memo:

> My dream is that Eben, RMS, and all GPL true believers read and
> understand this decision so that we need never again hear the
> nonsense claim that "The GPL is a license and not a contract".
> Please! Someone email this decision to Eben Moglen and PJ and all
> the GNUtians out there on our planet.

I'll believe it has the effect you want when it hits the headlines due
to an actual court case involving the GPL.

The good faith usage of the GPL has been going on for a couple decades
now, and has resulted in a large body of software being available to
millions of people.  A conflict with business was inevitable, but, in
the highest-profile case so far, IBM vs SCO, the plaintiff kind of let
the GPL angle drop.

You're going to have to work much harder to overcome examples like that.

We have a policy that we are not being hacked.
                -- Lisa Kopp, Friendster rep, commenting on a security flaw

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