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Re: Artifex v. Diebold: "The GPL is non-commercial!"

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Artifex v. Diebold: "The GPL is non-commercial!"
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2009 18:14:36 -0500
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Rjack wrote:
"Unpredictability" as in having the GPL being declared voidable because it's preempted by 17 USC 301(a) ?

Unpredictability is what you get when a jury decides your fate.
Maybe a judge too. If you can control the outcome yourself by
settling and getting a reasonable deal, then that's what you do.

after I corrected the FSF

I doubt the FSF knows you're alive.

The SFLC and FSF's continuing voluntary dismissal strategy is simply an abuse of the legal system in an attempt to intimidate folks.

On each occasion where the cases were dismissed, the defendants
(or their proxies, in the case of Verizon/Actiontec) made the
source code available as required by the GPL. Therefore there was
no reason or possibility for the cases to continue. People who
violate copyright licenses need to be intimidated so they don't
do it any more.

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