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Re: Is the GPL all encompassing?

From: Rahul Dhesi
Subject: Re: Is the GPL all encompassing?
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 18:55:28 +0000 (UTC)
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"amicus_curious" <> writes:

>I see what you are saying now and I do agree that industry generally seems 
>to avoid GPL issues due to their perceived viral nature.  I work for a very 
>large software company and their specific policy is that no OSS code is 
>allowed in our products unless specifically reviewed by our legal department 
>and a technical staff that was set up for this specific purpose.  GPL is 
>verboten to a very high degree.  With such a cumbersome process we pretty 
>much do not even bother with trying to use OSS stuff.

I doubt that their policy is so specific. More likely, their policy is
against using any code for which anybody other than your company owns
the copyright, unless they have an explicit agreement with the copyright
owner. This would include non-OSS as well as OSS.

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