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[News] Free Software So Mainstream That Microsoft Cannot Help Infringing the GPL

  • Subject: [News] Free Software So Mainstream That Microsoft Cannot Help Infringing the GPL
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 15:52:37 +0000
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- From the White House to (no kidding) Microsoft, open source shined in '09 

,----[ Quote ]
| Perhaps the most shocking event was 
| Microsoft's submission of code for inclusion 
| in the Linux kernel under a GPL license that 
| Microsoft once tagged as a threat to 
| capitalism itself. But it was not so much an 
| olive branch as it was a brain freeze: 
| Microsoft had inadvertently included some 
| open source code in the virtualization 
| drivers it eventually submitted for the Linux 
| kernel and was more or less left with little 
| choice. 
| Microsoft ended up in that same spot later in 
| the year when a tool it released to create 
| bootable USB drives for Windows 7 also was 
| found to contain open source code. That tool 
| also was pushed into the open source 
| community. 



The Anatomy of a Modern GPL Violation

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| I've been thinking the last few weeks
| about the evolution of the GPL violation.
| After ten years of being involved with GPL
| enforcement, it seems like a good time to
| think about how things have changed.
| Roughly, the typical GPL violation tracks
| almost directly the adoption and spread of
| Free Software. When I started finding GPL
| violations, it was in a day when Big Iron
| Unix was still king (although it was only
| a few years away from collapse), and the
| GNU tools were just becoming state of the
| art. Indeed, as a sysadmin, I typically
| took a proprietary Unix system, and built
| a /usr/local/ filled with the GNU tools,
| because I hated POSIX tools that didn't
| have all the GNU extensions.


Barnes & Noble's GPL fun

,----[ Quote ]
| Barnes and Noble's new nook ebook reader
| is now shipping to people. Mine[1] is due
| to turn up tomorrow, but the instruction
| manual is available for download
| already.


Episode 0x1C: Sun, Oracle and the European Union

,----[ Quote ]
| Karen and Bradley discuss Eben Moglen's
| letter to the European Commission
| regarding the Oracle acquisition of Sun.


Palm Sued Over PDF Technology Dispute


Monty Program AB's Suggestion to EU Commission to Get Rid of the GPL on MySQL

,----[ Quote ]
| I will now share with you a small section of
| the Monty Program AB's submission to the EU
| Commission, including its suggestion to
| replace the GPL with a more proprietary-
| friendly license, specifically the Apache
| license.


Licenses are Not the Hard Part

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| Even analysis of the GNU General Public
| License (GPL) is not the hard part. My actual
| experience with that license has been that
| the kinds of issues that have engaged (and
| entertained) lawyers (such as myself) through
| innumerable hours of legal discourse
| represent a small fraction of actual cases.
| In the main volume of GPL-related activity,
| attention is on the basics--like actually
| making the GPL-licensed source code available
| and otherwise getting the details right.


The GPL Wins Again - Welte vs. Skype Technologies SA (Germany)

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| Well, today was the hearing, and Welte reports that one of the judges told
| Skype's lawyer that if a copyright owner wants a publisher to publish his
| book in a green envelope, it might seem odd to the publisher, but he can't
| publish without the green envelope. In short, don't touch the GPL code if you
| don't follow the requirements of the license.
| Like it or lump it. I think that's how one would translate into English the
| judge's mindset.



Another GPL Lawsuit is Settled

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| Third lawsuit over open source license violations is now closed. This time,
| it's a 'learning experience.'


BusyBox and Xterasys Settle GPL Lawsuit

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| BusyBox has just successfully settled its GPL ligitation against Xterasys.
| Xterasys has agreed to stop all binary distribution of BusyBox until the
| Software Freedom Law Center confirms that it has published complete source
| code on its web site.


BusyBox Developers, SFLC Sue Verizon for GPL Infringement

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| The same two principal developers already successfully sued Monsoon Media,
| and they have litigation pending against Xterasys Corporation and High-Gain
| Antennas, LLC. Here is the press release from the Software Freedom Law Center
| on the Verizon suit, followed by the complaint as text.

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