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Re: TomTom, the GPL and patents

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: TomTom, the GPL and patents
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 13:39:51 -0400
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Alexander Terekhov wrote:
The GPL seeks to eliminate that right "to charge more [than zero]"

The GPL is adopted voluntarily by people who choose to distribute
their software under it. Rather, the GPL eliminates the ability to
be charged zero for those developers who want to incorporate GPLed
code from other sources but not allow their users the freedoms that
they themselves enjoy.

The bitter complainers want to use GPLed software in their products
for zero charge but do not want to meet the conditions of the license.
They wish to steal the work of the developers of the GPLed code and
not provide them with the recompense of assuring the freedoms of the
users of their work as they have specifically asked.

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