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Re: The GPL is unenforceable under U.S. copyright law

From: Rjack
Subject: Re: The GPL is unenforceable under U.S. copyright law
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 17:34:16 -0400
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Hyman Rosen wrote:
amicus_curious wrote:
The SFLC then filed a dismissal and nothing happened to Verizon.

Incorrect. Verizon chose to comply with the GPL, through the agency of its router manufacturer.

Hmmm... now it's through "agency" of someone not even named in the
lawsuit as a defendant.

GNU fans never lose, they just concentrate on mooooooooooving the
goalposts. Sorta' like shiftin' the blame to your little cousin
Humperdink who isn't there to defend himself. That's efficient to
say the least.

The manual for Verizon's FiOS router, branded with Verizon and its logo on the cover, can be found here: <>

On page 204, it now says C.4 GPL (General Public License) This product includes software code developed by third parties, including software code subject to the enclosed GNU General Public License (GPL) or GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). The GPL Code and LGPL Code used in this product are distributed WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY and are subject to the copyrights of the authors, and to the terms of the applicable licenses included in the download. For details, see the GPL Code and LGPL Code for this product and the terms of the GPL and the LGPL, which are available on the enclosed product disk and can be accessed by inserting the disk into your CD-ROM drive and opening the “GPL.exe” file.

The router manufacturer, Actiontec, now displays a link on its support page labeled "GPL Code Download Center" leading to <> where the GPLed sources can be downloaded under the image of a smiling gnu and penguin and a reversed copyright symbol.

When the result of a GPL enforcement action is GPL compliance, we
 call that "victory".

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