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Re: Another GPL violation settled


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Another GPL violation settled
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 10:10:06 +0200
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Hyman Rosen <address@hidden> writes:

> This time, by the vendor withdrawing the product:
> <http://sev-notes.blogspot.com/2009/06/gpl-scummvm-and-violations.html>
>
> A Wii game manufactured by subcontractors for Atari contains a
> GPLed game engine, the game was distributed without complying
> with the GPL, and apparently Nintendo requires a non-disclosure
> agreement from their game makers which prohibits the distribution
> of sources. Atari has agreed to stop selling the game after a
> period of time, to destroy the remaining stock, and to make a
> "significant" donation to the FSF.
>
> Once again, we have a demonstration that real companies act as
> if the GPL works exactly the way it claims to.

The GPL does not claim to work in any way.  It is a license, not a
proclamation.  The FSF (and other people) claim it does.  And don't seem
all too far off the mark...

-- 
David Kastrup


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