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Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record

From: rjack
Subject: Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 15:11:28 -0400
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Rahul Dhesi wrote:
Moshe Goldfarb <> writes:

The problem with the GNU GPL is that it is so confusing that the people
making decisions are leery of using Open Source code because they can't
determine positively what the impact, if any, could be to their

Some of this is due to confusion and misunderstanding of the GPL, but
that's really the point.

After they get caught violating the license they often plead
misunderstanding and confusion. :-)

After "they" (think Verizon) get "caught" they tell the SFLC (Software Fictional Licensing Center) to kiss their royal ass and SFLC quickly volunteers to dismiss the lawsuit without prejudice and then claims "victory" over some third party non-defendant.

Rjack :)

-- Licenses are not contracts: the work's user is obliged to remain within the bounds of the license not because she voluntarily promised, but because she doesn't have any right to act at all except as the license permits. -- Eben Moglen founder of the SFLC

-- "Although the United States Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. ยงยง 101- 1332, grants exclusive jurisdiction for infringement claims to the federal courts, those courts construe copyrights as contracts and turn to the relevant state law to interpret them."; Automation by Design, Inc. v. Raybestos Products Co., 463 F.3d 749, (United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit 2006) --

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