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Re: GPL traitor !

From: Chris Ahlstrom
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 07:13:19 -0400
User-agent: slrn/ (Debian)

After takin' a swig o' grog, Erik Funkenbusch belched out
  this bit o' wisdom:

> On Mon, 4 May 2009 16:22:08 +0000 (UTC), Alan Mackenzie wrote:
>>> Day in day out the GPL is turned inside out. It's easy to CLAIM it's
>>> easy but fact does not bond with your fiction.
>> Huh?  The GPL is perfectly plain and straightforward and means what it
>> says.  You don't even need to get a lawyer to explain it to you, though
>> you certainly should consult one if you're going to be redistributing
>> GPL'd software.
> Here's an example.  Some GPL advocates believe that dynamic linking is not
> covered by the GPL, while others (including the FSF) believe it is.  
> Another example is XMLRPC (or SOAP or other similar technoloties) in which
> a function is called via network request on a distributed system.  Some
> believe that this is covered by the GPL, others believe it isn't.
> Many people think the GPL prevents you from charging money for GPL
> software, yet the FSF says they encourage you to do so.
> Many people think the GPL requires you to "give back" your changes to the
> author, but nothing could be further from the truth.  Even if you consider
> the GPL's software requirements to provide source to anyone you provide
> binaries that doesnt' require you to give that source to the upstream
> authors, only the downstream customers.
> So no, the GPL is *NOT* perfectly plain and straight forward.  And yes, you
> do need a lawyer to explain it to you, particulary when the issues of
> "derived work" are brought up, since the GPL does not define the term and
> relies on the accepted legal definition of the term, which is not as simple
> as it would seem.
> The only people who do *NOT* find the GPL difficult to understand are those
> thoat think they understand it when they really do not.

Nice summary of standard legal procedure, corner cases, and descriptions of
uninformed people.

You know, the tip-of-the-iceberg stuff that people focus on for purposes of
FUD, while the vast majority /depend/ on the GPL.

You are always busy.

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