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Re: Oh mighty mighty GPL


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Oh mighty mighty GPL
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:03:11 -0000
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Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
> [...]
>> Uh, that's the normal course of business if a company is taken over.
>> You get both the assets and the obligations.
>
> The company was insolvent you silly. No one would buy an insolvent
> business with potentially unlimited obligations if the buyer would have
> to assume the company's obligations to creditors. Merging with a solvent
> company is quite different from buying the insolvent business. Why would
> you merge with an insolvent entity and assume the obligations, you
> idiot?

Because you consider the assets worth it?  Anyway, if "new Westinghouse"
is selling boxes with GPL-licensed firmware on them, they need to comply
with the GPL or cease distribution.  If that means that they acquired a
stack of paperweights without bothering to get what it takes to sell
them as routers, their tough luck.

-- 
David Kastrup


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