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Jay Lyman
SCO Takes Linux Licensing Fight Further
07/22/03 1:04 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 760 Words

Moglen also said the license being discussed by SCO would be incompatible with the GPL for distributors of Linux.

"As far as I can see, they're saying people who don't need licenses should take them and people who need them for...

Jay Lyman
Linux Community Mounts Fight, SCO Responds
08/08/03 12:26 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 825 Words

In addition to complaints that SCO has improperly claimed a right to revoke IBM's Unix license, IBM also argued that SCO has violated the GPL that covers Linux and has directly infringed on IBM patents relating to SCO's UnixWare, OpenServer, SCO Manager...

Gene J. Koprowski
MySQL Moves on Clustering Technology
04/15/04 8:38 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 579 Words

A preview version of MySQL Cluster is available under the open-source GPL license from the MySQL Web site .

MySQL AB will launch the new product formally next week at a conference, headlined by technology gadfly Tony Perkins, who founded the...

Phil Albert
Shocking Behavior and Smart Open-Source Policy
06/29/04 6:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 959 Words

Do not assume that all open source is governed by the terms of the GPL . There are other licenses, and your rights and obligations can vary greatly depending upon the applicable license.

It also seems likely that software developers do not...

Philip H. Albert
Software Terminology: What's in a Name?
10/26/04 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1210 Words

As for "GPL" -- only advocates like it because it conveys the opposite of copyright, and in the GPL world, copyright is considered a bad thing when applied to software. Advocates for intellectual property rights like it because it paints the users of...

Philip H. Albert
Don't Be Cruel: The Microsoft Protocol License Agreement
11/30/04 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1055 Words

When Elvis sang "Don't be Cruel," he certainly wasn't referring to contracts. But contracts, like love affairs and other personal relationships,...

Philip H. Albert
Innovation: Not Just for Products Anymore
04/12/05 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1229 Words

More specifically, the attacks are focused on open-source licenses with restraints on downstream restraints (such as the GPL with its "copyleft" concept). That leads me to conclude that copyleft-style licenses are likely to be at the core of the most disruptive new business...

Susan B. Shor
Oracle Puts Squeeze on MySQL With Latest Buy
10/10/05 9:50 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 410 Words

The beauty of open-source software and the GPL license is freedom. As with all MySQL code, InnoDB is provided under the GPL license, meaning that users have complete freedom to use, develop, and modify the code base," company CEO Marten Mickos said. "We...

Jennifer LeClaire
Open-Source Compliance Insurance Hits the Marketplace
11/01/05 10:41 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 592 Words

Simple actions like making these tools available on an extranet, or sending them to external partners or suppliers, constitutes "distribution" under a GPL license and requires a company to open source that proprietary application, making it freely available to competitors.

But Interabor...

Jennifer LeClaire
Sony's Latest Headache: Copyright Infringement Allegations
11/18/05 10:38 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 595 Words

The GPL includes requirements that require any developer that uses source code from LAME to "cause the whole of the work to be licensed at no charge to all third parties under the terms of the license."

First4Internet and Sony BMG...

John P. Mello Jr.
Lawsuits, Copyright Pilfering Allegations Added to Sony CD Snafu
11/22/05 8:15 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 992 Words

"The licenses in question are the Free Software Foundation's GPL for mpg123 and DRMS, and the LGPL for the other programs. The terms of the GPL would require the companies to distribute the source code of XCP, which they're certainly not doing.

Jennifer LeClaire
SteelEye CTO Sees Positive Trends for Linux in '06
01/17/06 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 766 Words

All indications are that it will be neutralized in the long term by active enforcement of the GPL and other defense mechanisms like the patent commons projects and education about the merits of the open Linux development process.

LinuxInsider: How are other...

Jay Lyman
Google Offers Service to Host Open Source Software Projects
07/28/06 10:57 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 737 Words

Drawing the License Line
While there is no approval process for Project Hosting projects, Google will monitor for legitimacy, and is limiting open source software projects to a choice of one of seven open source licenses: the General Public License (GPL), Apache, Mozilla , MIT, BSD, GPL2, or LGPL, with GPL ...

Jay Lyman
Ubuntu Creator Urges Abandonment of OpenSuse
11/27/06 2:58 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 404 Words

"Novell's decision to go to great lengths to circumvent the patent framework clearly articulated in the GPL has sent shock waves through the community," Shuttleworth wrote in his blog and on the OpenSuse mailing list. "If you are an OpenSuse developer who...

Chris Maxcer
Free Software Licensing, Part 1: Third Time's the Charm?
07/23/07 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1689 Words

It comes roughly 16 years after its wildly successful predecessor, GPL v2, became one of the most used software licenses ever. Today, about three quarters of the world's free software packages are distributed under GPLv2. GPLv3 has some big shoes to fill.


Rob Enderle
Linux: Success or Failure? Return of Sage Circle, Cisco's Possible Future, Product of the Week
12/17/07 4:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1537 Words

The newest version of the GPL appears to be designed to put TiVo out of business , and the next version will supposedly target Google in much the same way.

In this last, there are two emerging camps: those who want this...

Brad King
SourceForge's Larry Augustin: A Better Way to Build Web Apps
03/18/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 974 Words

That's what's interesting about open source and the GPL . Once software goes into the GPL, you can't take it back. People can stop contributing, but the code that exists, people can continue to develop on it.

There was always a sense...

Jeremiah T. Gray
Open Source: The Key to a Software Meritocracy
08/22/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 917 Words

This is not to say that all proprietary software and networks are imminently doomed; indeed, both the BSD and GPL licenses have merit, but the system that uses technology to restrict and control is living on borrowed time.

Into Its Own...

Michael P. Bennett and Katherine K. Ivers
Open Source Software: Your Company's Legal Risks
09/04/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1720 Words

Third, although the license examined in Jacobsen was the Artistic License, not the more widely used General Public License (GPL), the analysis and decision can be applied to the GPL , as it contains similar requirements labeled as "conditions."

Following this...

Katherine Noyes
Leeches or Users? Should Enterprise IT Have to Give Back to FOSS?
06/11/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1002 Words

'Use a License That Requires It'
Indeed, "so far there have been few continual offenders when it comes to 'borrowing' Linux," Slashdot blogger drinkypoo agreed via email . "While offensive examples of Tivoization -- which flaunts the letter of the GPL ...

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