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[News] FSF/GNU Invents GNU Bucks, Microsoft Fan Explains Why the GPL Wins Against EULA

  • Subject: [News] FSF/GNU Invents GNU Bucks, Microsoft Fan Explains Why the GPL Wins Against EULA
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Oct 2009 20:10:38 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Stallman offers prizes for finding free software faults

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| The FSF is taking an increasingly aggressive attitude 
| towards the free software issue, and has been taking on 
| some of the biggest players in the business. The 
| organisation recently criticised Microsoft's upcoming 
| Windows 7, and won a court action against Cisco after the 
| firm used unauthorised free software in its Linksys 
| routers.


The Difference Between EULAs and Open Source Licenses

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| As a result, GPL court cases have all (as far as I know) 
| been ruled in favour of the GPL, whereas EULA court cases 
| have sometimes been ruled in favour and sometimes against 
| EULAs. GPL: clear-cut. Abide, or lose in court. EULA: 
| muddy. You never really know where you'll land.



French court hands GPL victory

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| It's the reason why Microsoft's Steve Ballmer calls
| Linux viral. But French courts obviously think it has
| merit because the GNU General Public Licence has been
| upheld in a court of appeals in France.


Big GPL copyright enforcement win in Paris Court of Appeals

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| An education organization in France has successfully
| sued a software vendor for failing to comply with the
| open source General Public License. The ruling is
| significant because it demonstrates that software
| recipients, and not just developers, can launch GPL
| enforcement cases in France.


Big Win for GNU GPL in France

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| One of the fallback positions for purveyors of FUD is that
| the GNU GPL may not be valid, because it hasn't been
| properly tested in court. That's getting increasingly
| implausible as a stance. After being upheld in Germany a
| few times, here's a big decision in its favour in France:
|  In a landmark ruling that will set legal precedent, the
|  Paris Court of Appeals decided last week that the company
|  Edu4 violated the terms of the GNU General Public License
|  (GPL) when it distributed binary copies of the remote
|  desktop access software VNC but denied users access to its
|  corresponding source code. The suit was filed by
|  Association pour la formation professionnelle des adultes
|  (AFPA), a French education organization.
|  ...
|  The events of the case go back to early 2000, when Edu4
|  was hired to provide new computer equipment in AFPA's
|  classrooms. Shortly thereafter, AFPA discovered that VNC
|  was distributed with this equipment. Despite repeated
|  requests, with mediation from the Free Software Foundation
|  France, Edu4 refused to provide AFPA with the source code
|  to this version of VNC. Furthermore, FSF France later
|  discovered that Edu4 had removed copyright and license
|  notices in the software. All of these activities violate
|  the terms of the GNU GPL. AFPA filed suit in 2002 to
|  protect its rights and obtain the source code.

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