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Re: GPL traitor !


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Fri, 01 May 2009 10:57:33 +0200
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Rjack <address@hidden> writes:

> Alan Mackenzie wrote:
>
>>
>>> I seems that anyone in the World who disagrees with the FSF's
>>> interpretation of the GPL license and philosophy "misunderstands"
>>>  the GPL. Please tell us more about "misunderstanding" the GPL
>>> since we are all too dumb to understand:
>>
>> Not at all.  Plenty of sensible people who disagree with the FSF's
>>  philosophy understand the GPL perfectly well - it's not difficult.
>>  A whole wodge of lawyers at Microsoft, for instance.  Possibly
>> even yourself.
>
> Alan, I understand the GPL from the official track record for
> infringement claims filed in U.S. Federal Court by the SFLC and FSF:
>
> 1. Dismissal Without Prejudice.
>
> 2. Dismissal Without Prejudice.
>
> 3. Dismissal Without Prejudice.
>
> 4. Dismissal WITH PREJUDICE.
>
> 5. Dismissal Without Prejudice.
>
> 6. Dismissal Without Prejudice.
>
> 7. Dismissal Without Prejudice.
>
> 8. Dismissal WITH PREJUDICE.

But that tells nothing about the license.  If a dozen court cases about
theft get dismissed in a court, does that tell us that property laws are
invalid?  It just tells us that the involved parties have a conflict
that is not decided or resolved by the court eventually.

-- 
David Kastrup


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