gnu-misc-discuss
[Top][All Lists]
Advanced

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: The GPL means what you want it to mean


From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: The GPL means what you want it to mean
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 19:11:22 -0400


"Rahul Dhesi" <address@hidden> wrote in message news:address@hidden
"amicus_curious" <address@hidden> writes:

Now that is more akin to the way that unsophisticates are lured into using
the "free" GPL code and then are hammered for their birthright by the SFLC.
"Ignorance is no excuse!", they say, "What's yours is now ours, you have
been touched!"

You have pointed out a potentially serious problem.  Many anti-GPL
people are trying to deceive software users into misappropriating
GPL-licensed software, by telling them that the GPL is illegal,
unenforceble, against public policy, etc.  Later on, when the victims of
this deception find that the GPL is actually being enforced, they may
get into trouble.

I'm not sure how actually serious this problem is. That would depend on
how gullible software users are. Do they believe everything they read
on Usenet? I suspect most of them are too smart to be fooled.
--
Well, it is not really such a problem in the real world. There has never been a case of a company taking a GPL program and proprietizing it for a profit. I cannot even find a case of a company taking a GPL program and improving it and releasing it back other than Linux itself wherein Red Hat and Novell need to make various changes to keep it viable in their server regions.


reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]