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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...

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...

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...

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...

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
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 ...

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
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...

Jay Lyman
OSDL: Ignore SCO's Linux Legal Threats
02/11/04 1:18 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 758 Words

Moglen, who told LinuxInsider that the proposed license from SCO would be incompatible with the existing GPL used by Linux developers and distributors, also argues in the paper that regardless of who prevails in the SCO dispute, Linux users still will have...

Phil Albert
Practical Open Source Corporate Policies
05/11/04 6:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1003 Words

If the programmer licenses software under the GPL , the licensee has a downstream constraint that prevents the licensee from limiting downstream copying. A company that does not want to be limited in what it does with its products needs a policy...

Phil Albert
Can Sun Emulate Linux by Open-Sourcing Solaris?
06/15/04 6:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1219 Words

Another is that Linux is licensed under a "modified GPL license." Because the text of the GPL is arguably ambiguous, the interpretation of the terms by different licensors creates legally different licenses from the same words. Under the modified GPL license, it...

Elizabeth Millard
Red Hat, Novell Get Real
06/28/04 1:10 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 633 Words

This additional licensing allows developers to build on RealNetworks' media player framework under the terms and conditions of the GPL "free software" license.

In addition to the GPL, developers have two other licensing options. The RealNetworks Public Source License is an...

Philip H. Albert
License Proliferation: When More is Less
04/26/05 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1335 Words

Even some attorneys reading the GPL , MPL and the CDDL might find that they are obscure and complicated enough that even they cannot "be assured of knowing his or her rights." And, while I might get heat for this, sometimes it...

Jay Lyman
Trolltech Shares Listed on Norwegian Stock Exchange
07/07/06 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 700 Words

The firm's dual licensing approach allows users of its software to develop with it under the GPL open source license, or a paid commercial license with Trolltech. At the conclusion of its IPO, the 170-employee company claimed the purchase of more than 7.5...

Jay Lyman
Microsoft-Novell Honeymoon Ends
11/22/06 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 718 Words

While development of the next GPL -- the original and most popular open source license -- was previously bogged down by disagreement over its digital rights management (DRM) provisions, the Microsoft-Novell deal puts more focus on its patent provisions, which would not...

Jay Lyman
Open Source Developer Dumps Novell Over Microsoft Deal
12/26/06 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 510 Words


"I believe that even if it does not violate the letter of the license, it violates the intent of the GPL license the Samba code is released under, which is to treat all recipients of the code equally," Allison wrote in...

Jason Z. Cohen
What's a Derivative Work? Depends Who You Ask
01/02/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 678 Words

For example, the GNU GPL mandates that those who use software covered by its license make available the source code. Several companies are discovering the consequences of not complying with this provision of the law since the Software Freedom Law Center went...

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...

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...

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 ...

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