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[News] GPL Licensing Violation Claimed Against LiberKey

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Murphy's Law: LiberKey. GPL Violation or Sour Grapes?

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| Here's a brief background: On various forum posts, John Haller--creator of 
| the PortableApps software suite--has called out LiberKey for trademark and 
| GPL violations related to the licensing of the open-source and freeware apps 
| bundled in its software suite.  Although LiberKey has responded to various 
| forum posts on the topics, it's been difficult to track down their arguments 
| for two key reasons.  First, the developers are French.  Their official 
| forums are in French and their occasional replies to LiberKey criticisms come 
| in the form of readable--but admittedly crude--English.  Second, the 
| developers have yet to release an official stance beyond these 
| difficult-to-track forum replies.  However, I contacted LiberKey for their 
| side of the story, and they sent me an official statement they've created to 
| respond to the licensing allegations.           



SFLC: Microsoft violated the GPL

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| Microsoft violated the General Public License v2 (GPLv2) when it distributed
| its Hyper-V Linux Integration Components (LinuxIC) without providing source
| code, says the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC).
| The violation was rectified when Microsoft contributed more than 20,000 lines
| of source code to the Linux community last week. The drivers are designed to
| improve the performance of the Linux operating system when it is virtualized
| on the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V hypervisor-based virtualization system.
| [...]
| "It seems to me that Sam [Ramji] is likely correct when he says that talk
| inside Microsoft about releasing the source was under way before the Linux
| developers began their enforcement effort," said Bradley Kuhn, a policy
| analyst and tech director at the SFLC.
| "However, that talk doesn't mean that there wasn't a problem. As soon as one
| distributes the binaries of a GPL'd work, one must provide the source for
| those binaries, so Microsoft's delay in this regard was a GPL violation.
| "The important thing to note from a perspective of freedom is that this
| software, whether it is released properly under the GPL or kept proprietary
| in violation of the GPL, is a piece of software designed to convince people
| to give up free virtualization platforms like Xen and KVM, and [to] use
| Microsoft's virtualization technology instead," Kuhn added.

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