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[News] The Success of the (Pure) GPL Licence and Where Compromise Exists

  • Subject: [News] The Success of the (Pure) GPL Licence and Where Compromise Exists
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2010 09:09:15 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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When Nerd Lawyers Clash: WordPress and the GPL

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| I recently ran across a couple of 
| interesting posts from Mike Wasylik over at 
| Perpetual Beta  arguing that the GPL should 
| not apply to themes.
| The first (and better, IMHO) is âWhy the GPL 
| does not apply to premium WordPress themesâ. 
| (The second, and lesser is âWhy the 
| GPL/Derivitive Works debate doesnât matter 
| for WordPress Themesâ)
| Hereâs a shocker: I actually like Mr. 
| Wasylikâs criticism, not because I fully 
| agree with it â I donât â but because the 
| author lays out a reasoned case. I do not 
| exaggerate when I say this is the first 
| rational criticism of anything related to 
| the GPL I can recall seeing.
| Compared to the normal âGPL==communismâ 
| trash that passes as discussion in many 
| circles, Mr. Wasylikâs writings are damn 
| near scripture.


Which Licence for Open Source Digital Voting?

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| Here's a provocative thought:
|     Weâve dared to suggest that the GPL as 
|     it stands today, or for that manner any 
|     other common open source license, will 
|     probably not work to adequately provide 
|     a license to the software sources for 
|     elections and voting systems technology 
|     under development by the Open Source 
|     Digital Voting Foundation.
| It's an important issue, since applying open 
| source software to digital voting is 
| something that you really want to get right 
| - for the sake of open source and democracy.


Open is the New Closed: How the Mobile Industry uses Open Source to Further Commercial Agendas, Andreas Constantinou 

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| Open source licensed software carries four 
| basic freedoms that provide the right to 
| access, modify, distribute and contribute to 
| the software. These freedoms have been 
| expanded into ten cardinal points that form 
| the criteria that every open source license 
| must adhere to, and which are defined by the 
| Open Source Initiative.
| A handful of different licenses are used in 
| the vast majority of open source projects; 
| namely the GPL, LGPL, APL, EPL, MPL, BSD and 
| MIT. Interestingly, the GPL which is known 
| as a strong copyleft license, is most often 
| used in personal computer and Internet 
| projects, but is rarely used in the mobile 
| industry. Instead, the licenses used most 
| often in mobile software are weak copyleft, 
| such as the EPL, or permissive licenses, 
| such as the APL, due to handset manufacturer 
| concerns for downstream liabilities.
| Licenses are Half the Story
| Whatâs often missed in open source 
| discussions is how open source licenses tell 
| only half the story. The governance model, 
| the implicit rules defining transparency and 
| influence into an open source project, is 
| the small print that determines the power 
| dynamics around that project. 



Episode 0x1D: GPL Enforcement

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| Karen and Bradley discuss enforcement of the
| GNU General Public License, and in particular
| the lawsuits recently filed by SFLC against
| various violators of the GPL.

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