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Phil Albert
Understanding the Marketplace of Licenses
07/13/04 6:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1229 Words

The GPL is a good example. Developers do not want to bother with setting up an infrastructure and controls to extract per-copy revenues from their software .

They want to benefit from the improvements others make to their software but do not...

Philip H. Albert
Mambo Lessons Come Down to Law
09/28/04 6:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1272 Words

Since the code in question is a derivative work of another work licensed only under the GPL , the code in question must be licensed under the GPL. Miro also points out that Literati itself distributed versions of Mambo with the accused code...

Philip H. Albert
Just When I Had It All Figured Out
12/07/04 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 902 Words

The tri-license can be applied file by file, rather than work-by-work, as is the case with the GPL . Rather than simply licensing a particular file of source code under the MPL, the GPL or the LGPL, the tri-license is a grant...

Jeremiah T. Gray
Free Software Shouldn't Mean You Can't Make a Buck
09/18/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1297 Words

First of all, I don't want to get too mired in talking about licensing schemes, patents, copyrights, and/or trademarks, because I think a lot of that talk is counterproductive or at least irrelevant to Linux ubiquity. That...

Jack M. Germain
Did VMware Flout Open Source License Terms?
03/20/15 12:21 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1011 Words

Its funding of the legal action is part of the program activity of its GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers.

The suit alleges that VMware failed to comply with terms of the GNU General Public License version 2, or GPLv2 -- the...

Paul Murphy
An Open Letter to Darl McBride
12/11/03 8:10 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 865 Words

That diatribe of yours on copyright and the GPL has got to go. I can understand the motivation, but it's just wrong and lots of people are going to call you on it. The issue here isn't whether the U.S. Constitution allows the...

Philip H. Albert
Dual Licensing: Having Your Cake and Eating It Too
11/16/04 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1246 Words

MySQL states on its Web site , "Our software is 100 percent GPL , and if yours too is 100 percent GPL (or OSI compliant), then you never have to pay us for the licenses. In all other instances, you are better...

Jay Lyman
Is Legal Trouble Brewing for Microsoft and Novell?
11/13/06 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 723 Words

The free and open source software (FOSS) community's largest legal figure, Columbia Law School Professor and Software Freedom Law Center Director Eben Moglen, has highlighted how the use of patent licensing from Microsoft may violate terms of the GPL and therefore nullify Novell's...

Katherine Noyes
Linuxy Declarations of Independence
06/30/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1360 Words

Then there was the discussion of how to enforce the GPL , generating nearly 500 comments on Slashdot by Friday.

GPL Violations
"Sometimes companies with hotshot lawyers deliberately put their head in the sand regarding the GPL," charged Anonymous...

Katherine Noyes
A Tale of Two Licenses
09/01/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1458 Words

"New GPL licence touted as saviour of Linux, Android," was the wry observation at The Register .

Linux Girl's Debate-o-Meter started screaming soon afterward, so she headed straight for the blogosphere's Punchy Penguin Saloon to learn more.

'Inviting Abuse'

Philip H. Albert
Painting by Numbers with Paint.NET
01/04/05 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1127 Words

The source code includes code from ZipLib, which is derived from Classpath, a compression library owned and licensed by the FSF under a modified GPL . Since other parts of the program involve Microsoft "redistributables" with the EULA having prohibitions against combining it...

Philip H. Albert
OpenSolaris: Beyond the Rhetoric
02/01/05 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1291 Words

The legal reason why the CDDL is incompatible with the GPL is because it imposes restrictions (for example, non-copyleft provisions) which violate the GPL's requirement that the user is not allowed to impose any further restrictions on the recipients' exercise of the...

Jay Lyman
Linux Hackers Skewer GPLv3
09/27/06 8:20 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 819 Words

The GPL is a widely used free and open source software (FOSS) license. Its second version, GPLv2, currently covers the Linux kernel. Developers and maintainers who took part in the poll wholeheartedly agreed with the position earlier taken by Torvalds, who abstained.


Jeremiah T. Gray
Linux Haters Make a Few Valid Points
02/18/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 929 Words

More important than the free price is the freedom Linux and other GPL software represent. Lately, I have noticed a lot of bloggers disparaging Linux-based operating systems for all kinds of reasons, from aesthetics to business strategies.

Of these, Linux Hater's blog...

Keith Regan
IBM Withholds Indemnity as It Expands SCO Countersuit
09/29/03 8:02 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 686 Words

SCO responded to the amended complaint by issuing a statement Monday that said the GPL is a "shaky foundation on which to build a legal case."

"IBM, not SCO, has brought the GPL into the legal controversy between the two companies,"...

Phil Albert
Sender ID: Shakespearean Tragedy in the Making?
09/07/04 6:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1264 Words

This is clearly stated in the GPL , which refers to freedom of use, not price. Until Microsoft relents on the restrictions on distribution, the RFSIPL is not compatible with the GPL.

Baby Steps or Sinister Conspiracy?
Some see the...

Heather Meeker
Only in America? Copyright Law Key to Global Free Software Model
05/16/06 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1569 Words

The goal to internationalize was the genesis of some provisions of GPL version 3. The draft license, for instance, refers to the act of "propagating" rather than distributing. The word "propagating" was chosen purposely to avoid using the words that embody the...

Jay Lyman
The Rugged Landscape of Open Source Software Compliance
09/29/06 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 641 Words

Getting Away From GPL
While the SCO Group's legal assault on Linux users and distributors served to accentuate the issues surrounding intellectual property rights and license requirements attached to software -- particularly open source software -- those are no longer...

Chris Maxcer
Microsoft Declares Immunity From GPLv3
07/09/07 11:26 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 710 Words

Microsoft's stance? The company, in four paragraphs of text, essentially thumbs its nose at the GPL . "Microsoft is not a party to the GPLv3 license and none of its actions are to be misinterpreted as accepting status as a contracting party of...

Barbara Hudson
FSF's Star Turn in the Android FUDathon, Part 1
09/06/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1019 Words

A New License Is Only a Download Away
"Take-it-or-leave-it" licenses like the GPL are a form of contract known variously as a "contract of adhesion," "boilerplate contract" or "standard form contract." As such, they are subject to special rules that...

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