[Bf-committers] extension clause

Knapp magick.crow at gmail.com
Sat Nov 20 16:37:53 CET 2010

On Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 2:50 PM, Campbell Barton <ideasman42 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 12:39 AM, Alex Combas <blenderwell at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM, Dan Eicher <dan at trollwerks.org> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 3:40 PM, Alex Combas <blenderwell at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > Well the GPL has never been defended in court from what I've heard...
>>> You heard wrong...
>> Yes, I am. Thanks for pointing that out.
>> The majority settle out of court, but there have been a few full
>> scale lawsuits where the GPL was defended and won.
>> So...
>> Would these lawsuits make companies less paranoid about incorporating GPL
>> software, or more.
> Worth listening to this interview with Bradley M. Kuhn & Aaron
> Williamson (a real lawyer!) who work to enforce GPL:
>  http://linuxoutlaws.com/podcast/127,  exactly 1hr, into the show.
> >From this interview I gather most don't go to court because the
> companies comply once they know they are infringing the GPL.
> And regarding this making companies paranoid - this is conjecture, But
> if some group choose to be ignorant & paranoid then this is their own
> foolishness.
> One could also be paranoid about commercial software because you can
> get in trouble for breaking their license too.

I think a big bit of the problem is MS and others being out to make
firms paranoid about open source so that firms stick to closed source
and keep paying.

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