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Katherine Noyes
Android and the Great Openness Debate
04/07/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1068 Words

"There is ONLY one reason, and one reason alone, for a company to go out of their way to keep GPL V2 with so many going GPL V3, and that is because part of their business plan involves the users losing freedoms...

Katherine Noyes
Microsoft Hangs Up the Phone on GPLv3
02/24/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1061 Words

'No Surprise Whatsoever'
Of course, GPLv3 "differs from GPLv2 primarily in its relationship to patents," Hyperlogos blogger Martin Espinoza pointed out. "Microsoft has formerly demonstrated its commitment to software patents as relates to the GPL version 3, so this comes...

Katherine Noyes
A Big, Linuxy 'Thank You' to Matthew Katzer
03/04/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 955 Words

'I Don't See the Excitement'
"I really don't see the excitement," Slashdot blogger hairyfeet told LinuxInsider. "The other side basically came up with the most foolish arguments that even a first-year law student could have ripped to shreds, trying to claim that GPL ...

Jack M. Germain
FOSS and the Labyrinthine Land of Licensing
05/29/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1549 Words

The bigger question is, if I take my GPL license and add it to my proprietary program, am I required to turn over the entire thing to the open source community? That question has yet to be answered by any court in the...

Katherine Noyes
The Mystery Deepens: Sinister Views on the TomTom Case
03/09/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1261 Words

In short, Allison concluded, "this is intended to force TomTom to violate the GPL , or change to Microsoft embedded software."

'Blatant Violations of the GPL'
Moody posted an update to further digest Allison's comments, later adding a link...

Gene J. Koprowski
SCO Changes Legal Tactics in Federal Court
05/03/04 9:55 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 800 Words

Rather, Darl McBride, the company's CEO and president, claimed the GPL violated the U.S. Constitution by undermining intellectual-property rights.

Profit Equals Progress

"Developers who believe 'software should be free' cannot prevail against the U.S. Congress and voices...

Paul Murphy
Rethinking the IBM-SCO Imbroglio
10/23/03 3:00 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 2354 Words

This argument forms the basis of IBM's "sixth counterclaim" in its August 6, 2003, filing as well as its more recent argument that SCO's Caldera distribution violated IBM's copyright on some GPL code.

Although a definitive answer will have to await...

Jay Lyman
Split Decision on SCO Impact, Response
07/29/03 8:57 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 670 Words

As SCO rolls out its licensing plan with a new business division, IBM reportedly is echoing legal arguments questioning the need for a Linux license when the open-source software is covered by the GPL .

Columbia University law professor and general...

Jack M. Germain
Defending the Free Linux World
12/19/14 3:03 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1673 Words

Version 2 of the GPL license is thought by some to provide an implied patent license, but lawyers always feel better with an explicit license, he told LinuxInsider.

What OIN provides is something that bridges that gap. It also provides explicit...

Katherine Noyes
Is It Time to Give BSD a Try?
12/01/14 4:55 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1225 Words

"I am a big fan of the GPL, and I recall that Linus Torvalds has said that licensing Linux under the GPL was one of the smartest things he ever did," O'Brien added. "The GPL is one of the few licenses...

Jack M. Germain
Concurrent's Chris Wensel: The Open Source Path Is a Rocky Road
07/02/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1671 Words

Honestly, the very first version of Cascading was under the GPL license and not the Apache license. The GPL license allowed me to figure out what the commercial opportunities were without actually giving away the farm.

I wasn't sure if I was...

Barbara Hudson
FSF's Star Turn in the Android FUDathon, Part 4
09/09/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 755 Words

Critics have rightly pointed out that by this definition, the GPL does not meet these standards. This doesn't make it a bad license -- sharing source code benefits everyone involved. However, heavy-handed attempts to impose further restrictions on end-users beyond the license,...

Barbara Hudson
FSF's Star Turn in the Android FUDathon, Part 3
09/08/11 9:01 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 673 Words

FSF's Star Turn in the Android FUDathon, Part 2 Where did this "you are permanently barred from distributing" stuff originate? In digging around, I found a post titled "A Practical Guide to GPL Compliance" at the Software Freedom Law Center dated August 26,...

Katherine Noyes
Much Ado About Android Licensing and Headers
03/24/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1220 Words

'Not Copyrightable Anyway'
It would have been simpler if Google had made everything GPL , Pogson conceded, "but it imported a bunch of BSD stuff and Apache stuff, so life is complicated."

Meanwhile, "the Linux folks want Linux to...

Richard Adhikari
Who Are the FOSS Police?
03/11/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 721 Words

Apple, Google and License Breaches
Apple has previously pulled several apps from the store that were determined to be under the GPL , and Google has received takedown requests for Android apps that violated the GPL, OpenLogic said.


Katherine Noyes
Oracle: Bull in the FOSS China Shop
12/13/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 799 Words

"Just because something is FOSS does NOT give you the rights to the copyrights or trademarks!" he said. "Look up the GPL -- it says you have the right to the source code, that's it. GPL v3 has some language about trademarks...

Jack M. Germain
Who You Gonna Call? Q&A With Software Freedom Law Center's Eben Moglen
07/23/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1061 Words

Their license is the GPL , so we do attempt to contact companies around the world that manufacture devices using BusyBox to honor the GPL. Sometimes companies are unresponsive to our inquiries. They don't answer our letters or phone calls. And only under...

Richard Adhikari
Cities of the Future, Part 4: Open Source Avenue
04/13/10 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1327 Words

Verizon was sued by the Software Freedom Law Center in 2007 on behalf of Busybox , a GPL-licensed package , on the grounds that one of Verizon's suppliers used a GPL-licensed app in Verizon's FIOS wireless routers without fulfilling the redistribution obligations of GPL ...

Katherine Noyes
Would Linux Be Better Off Without the FSF?
03/22/10 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1122 Words

GNU/Linux debate -- "sorry, RMS, 'Linux' already won," Travers opined--other key distinguishing issues include: "Is nVidia in violation of the GPL due to the fact that they release closed-source drivers? Linus says no, RMS says yes," Travers pointed out. "The relative merits of...

Katherine Noyes
Microsoft Goof - One Small Snag in a Code-Licensing Quagmire
11/17/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 871 Words

"If Microsoft and Windows 7 can't avoid the GPL , who can?" he asked.

In fact, it has become rare to find a piece of software that's licensed under just one license, Lyman noted. As a result, problems like this "happen...

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