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Re: IBM doesn't like the GPL

From: Rjack
Subject: Re: IBM doesn't like the GPL
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 13:50:36 -0400
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Alexander Terekhov wrote:
Hyman Rosen wrote:
Rjack wrote:
the FSF propaganda campaign is falling flat on its ass

On the contrary, the campaign successfully led to Sun releasing
 Java under the GPL,

Putting SUN's stock price into free fall, bringing massive layoffs, and fire sale of the company.

GNU's made a great job at SUN.

"Eben Moglen, general counsel for the FSF and founder and chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center, said Sun's announcement is one of the key moments in the software industry's
 movement away from proprietary software to free software.

We should add that Eben Moglen is the brilliant Columbia University
Law Professor who announced to the the World that a copyright
license is not a contract and that is what makes the GPL enforceable
under U.S. copyright law.

He is also the leader of the Software Freedom Law Center which has
managed to file five consecutive copyright infringement suits for
plaintiffs who have no registered copyrights, a fact which leaves
the suits without jurisdiction to be heard in federal court.


“Sun is making a policy decision, which I think is unquestionably
real,” said Moglen, who is a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University Law School. “It has profound effects for the industry.”

The fact that Sun's Java technology runs on over 3.8 billion devices worldwide compounds the impact of Sun's decision, Moglen said.

“Java is a language crucial to the expression of computer technology from everything from cell phones to handheld appliances to mainframes,” he said. “Sun Microsystems' decision to put all of its Java technology under a ‘copyleft' licence means that the copy left commons has had an enormous accession of
 value and significance.”"

where it will now reside

If IBM acquires SUN you can be assured that open sourced version of Java will end up as either eclipse or apache project with its license changed away from the GPL pretty soon.

Buh-bye GPL'd Java.

regards, alexander.

-- (GNG is a derecursive recursive derecursion which pwns GNU since it can be infinitely looped as GNGNGNGNG...NGNGNG... and can be said backwards too, whereas GNU cannot.)

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