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Phil Albert
The EULA, the GPL and the Wisdom of Fortune Cookies
06/08/04 4:56 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1051 Words

After reading the GPL analysis FAQ prepared by Microsoft in 2001 -- apparently to discourage the use of GPL software -- I tried the fortune-cookie game to see what would happen. Every time I came across GPL in the document, I replaced it...

Katherine Noyes
On GPL Compliance, Android Tablets Get an 'F'
01/10/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1264 Words

A shadow was recently cast upon that otherwise sunny landscape, however, in the form of a report examining said tablets' GPL compliance.

"The GPL requires that vendors either provide the source code to the GPL components with the device, or alternatively to...

Chris Maxcer
Free Software Licensing, Part 2: Beyond GPL
07/27/07 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1307 Words

Part 1 of this series delves into the particulars of GPL v3. Part 2 looks beyond GPL. There are dozens of other free and open source-focused software licenses out there. While most aren't heavily used -- or aren't even useful for the challenges...

Heather J. Meeker
Precedent is Lacking When it Comes to GPL Enforcement
09/21/05 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1620 Words

Drew Tech and Other GPL Cases
In response to my latest column , Eric Grimm, an attorney, writes a very civil and informative note to tell me about a GPL enforcement action he brought in Federal District Court in Eastern Michigan:...

Phil Albert
Time for a Court Ruling on the GPL?
08/31/04 6:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1051 Words

Quest Software is generating a lot of discussion in open-source circles because it might become one of the few court cases to rule on aspects of the GPL . Unfortunately, anyone expecting an interpretation that finally provides a legal vindication or invalidation of...

Phil Albert
Sticks, Stones and the GPL: Responding to Readers
08/10/04 6:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1377 Words

According to some of your letters, it seems my recent column on the GPL [Phil Albert, " A Consumer's Review of the General Public License , LinuxInsider, July 20, 2004] touched a nerve. To my critics who referred to me by names other...

Jennifer LeClaire
GPL Revision Guidelines Made Public
12/02/05 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 792 Words

The GNU GPL is the most widely used open-source license worldwide. Almost three quarters of all open-source software is distributed under the GPL, which was last revised 15 years ago.


Since that time, software development and the business of distributing...

Phil Albert
GPL: Viral Infection or Just Your Imagination?
05/25/04 6:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1003 Words

This is in part due to the terms of the GPL and also partly due to the position statements made by the authors of the GPL.

Constraints Against Constraints

The GPL contains "constraints against constraints." For example, section...

Katherine Noyes
Linux and the GPL: A Storm Erupts
11/26/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1278 Words

'Please Explain'
"Your company appears to be shipping kernel features in RTS OS that are not made available under the GPL," charged Linux developer Andy Grover, a software engineer at Red Hat , in a posting on the kernel...

Jennifer LeClaire
GPL Revamp Discussions Set for Early 2006
08/11/05 3:13 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 543 Words

The GPL should end with a revamped and ready version 3.0 by early 2007.

Changes on the Table
The Free Software Foundation has jurisdiction over the General Public License that governs Linux and many other open-source software programs. Proposed changes...

David Halperin
The Future of the GPL
03/15/04 7:47 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 992 Words

... the allegations raised by The SCO Group in its current spate of lawsuits is that the GPL -- the GNU General Public License, which is used for much open-source software , including Linux -- is unconstitutional and in violation of federal copyright...

Jay Lyman
SCO Claims Linux GPL Is Unconstitutional
10/28/03 3:04 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 573 Words

In its response , SCO argued that the GPL is "selectively enforced" by the Free Software Foundation, meaning enforcement of the Linux license is not permitted by others, such as IBM, and that the GPL therefore violates the U.S. Constitution as well as...

Jennifer LeClaire
New GPL Version May Include Patent Retaliation Provision
09/07/05 9:08 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 480 Words

The GPL could also contain a clause that would penalize companies for using copy-restricting technologies. These potential clauses are mere speculation at this point, but legal experts said one thing is clear: patent issues surrounding the GPL need to be cleared up...

Jay Lyman
SCO Claims Copyright Trumps GPL
08/15/03 1:54 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 771 Words

SCO has made copyright claims that it says preempt the stipulations of the GPL , which IBM has invoked in its countersuit claims.

Jeff Berkowitz, a partner at intellectual law firm Finnegan Henderson, told TechNewsWorld that SCO's arguments about the GPL go...

Jack M. Germain
GPL v3: Was It Worth the Effort?
10/22/07 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 976 Words

It succeeds, but does not replace, the licensing conditions established in GPL version 2, issued in 1991. Software developers have the option of releasing new open source programs under GPL version 2 or version 3.

A survey conducted by Evans Data shows...

Katherine Noyes
First US GPL Lawsuit: What's 'Free' Got to Do With It?
09/21/07 11:38 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 771 Words

"We licensed BusyBox under the GPL to give users the freedom to access and modify its source code," said Erik Andersen, a developer of BusyBox and a named plaintiff in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Manhattan Federal District Court. "If companies will...

Chris Maxcer
After Months of Wrangling, GPL v3 Unleashed
07/02/07 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 698 Words

Most of these programs use the GNU GPL to guarantee every user the freedom to run, study, adapt, improve and redistribute the program."

Tweak as You Please
Version 3 of the GNU GPL strengthens this guarantee, the FSF says, by...

Katherine Noyes
FSF Approves Affero GPL for SaaS Apps
11/20/07 12:02 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 821 Words

The AGPLv3 is based on version 3 of the GPL but includes an additional terms to allow users who interact with the licensed software over a network to receive the source code for that program. By publishing the license, the FSF aims to...

Jennifer LeClaire
Free Software Foundation to Reveal GPL Version 3 Draft Today
01/16/06 9:29 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 543 Words

About two-thirds of all open-source licenses fall under the GPL .

Richard Stallman, the license's original author, and Eben Moglen, the general counsel for the Free Software Foundation (FSF), authored the latest rendition.

The public debate over GPL version 3.0 is...

Jennifer LeClaire
GPL Version 3 Draft Set for Release Next Week
01/11/06 11:01 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 497 Words

It's a strategic debate, with GPL claiming the title of "most widely used license in the open-source world." About two-thirds of all open-source licenses fall under the GPL.

Richard Stallman, the license's original author, and Eben Moglen, the general counsel for the...

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