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Re: GPL Mere Aggregation question

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: GPL Mere Aggregation question
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2007 10:37:13 +0100 (CET)

   > I have a commercial application that is distributed packaged in
   > an installer that you can download. When a user installs the
   > application I wanted to install some GPL software at the same
   > time.

   There was once a company called SCO that decided to to mix the GPL
   license in with its commercial software transactions. SCO in

SCO's bankruptcy had nothing to do with violating the GPL.

   Four more companies who mixed GPL software into their commercial
   businesses have had GPL intimidation lawsuits filed against them in
   the last sixty days.

It is not because they mixed GPL software into their commercial
business, it is because they violated a copyright license.  There are
lots of commercial businesses that thrive on using the GPL as their
copyright license of choice, for example g10code in Germany, SJD in
Sweden spring from the top of my mind.

   Hint: No one has ever been sued under a BSD-style or Apache open
   source license. Wake up and smell the coffee.

Maybe this is true, but it doesn't prove anything.  Any copyright
license can be violated, be it the modified BSD license, or the Apache

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