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[Bug-gnubg] GPL violations - Backgammon Buddy / GNUBG License

From: Michael Petch
Subject: [Bug-gnubg] GPL violations - Backgammon Buddy / GNUBG License
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 05:02:02 -0700
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On the subject of GPL violations. There is a level of apathy with
regards to our license. The last time out that I saw that there was a
clear violation of our license (years ago), it was shrugged off by
members on the team.

GNUBG is at the heart of a Yahoo and Pogo Cheat (Backgammon Buddy)
program sold for 19.99 (And has been around for MANY years). When I
queried the author numerous times for the source code (From differing
email addresses) they refused.

I know about this transgression but I'm unsure if the authors of this
product care anymore about this license. I can understand some of the
apathy, in that some may feel that it isn't worth the effort to enforce it.

So my question is this. Should GNUBG consider a different more liberal
license, or a dual license structure? This IMHO would be something Gary
would likely have final say on.

Michael Petch
CApp::Sysware Consulting Ltd.
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