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Microsoft's FAT licensing terms might violate GPL ..

From: Doug Mentohl
Subject: Microsoft's FAT licensing terms might violate GPL ..
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 17:57:26 +0000
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Microsoft's current FAT file system licensing program could hobble the development and free distribution of GPL-licensed software, says an open-source legal advocate.

However, licensing terms that were once published on Microsoft's website, which have since vanished, would have been compatible with the GPL ..

“if someone paid the $250,000 up front, they'd be clear under GPL v2. They wouldn't be covering the downstream recipients of course, but that's what GPL v3 fixes."

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