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Re: GPL traitor !

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 11:34:52 +0000 (UTC)
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In gnu.misc.discuss Doctor Smith <> wrote:
> On Fri, 8 May 2009 08:37:48 +0000 (UTC), Alan Mackenzie wrote:
>> Not really.  The alleged convolution of the GPL is merely a hypothesis.
>> Evidence against this hypothesis is that these long threads are pretty
>> much restricted to special-purpose forums (such as this one). 

>> There are other equally (or more) convincing hypotheses, for example that
>> the people driving these threads wish to foster an impression that the
>> GPL is convoluted, difficult and risky; classic FUD.

>>> It's no wonder corporations tend to run from it.

>> If they actually do, which is not at all clear.  More likely,
>> corporations avoid licensing their code under the GPL, those that do,
>> because they don't want it to become free software.

> I agree a  lot of it is misinformation but that's my point, the GPL is
> clouded by confusion.

I suspect this confusion is engendered deliberately, to a large extent.

> I suspect corporations, the suits not the programmers so much, are afraid
> of the GPL because they assume that their proprietary technology might be
> in danger of having to be shared if inter mingled with GPL code.

Well, yes, except there's rarely a "might" about it.  That's fair enough.
You don't incorporate GPL code into your proprietary program.

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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