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Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy

From: ZnU
Subject: Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 22:27:55 -0500
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In article <4980da74$0$21786$>,
 "amicus_curious" <> wrote:

> "Hyman Rosen" <> wrote in message 
> news:iB5gl.3473$Jd4.1502@newsfe02.iad...
> > Rjack wrote:
> >> The evidence of record, a voluntary dismissal WITH PREJUDICE 
> >> against Verizon is beloved by GPL opponents.
> >
> > That simply means that the plaintiffs decided that in this 
> > instance, they did not wish to pursue the claim against Verizon. 
> > Without being privy to the negotiations, no one knows why that is. 
> > You would prefer that it be the timidity of the SFLC, but that's 
> > just your prejudice.
> Not so simple at all.  It means that the plaintiff cannot bring the 
> same complaint against the defendant on the same charges. Which means 
> that Verizon is free to use BusyBox as it feels like without any 
> accomodation to the GPL.

Well, No. It means the plaintiff cannot bring the same complaint 
against the defendant in response to the same actions, which isn't quite 
the same thing and doesn't give Verizon the kind of broad immunity from 
the GPL with respect to BusyBox that you describe.

> I doubt that they really care to do that, and there doesn't seem to 
> be any money in the system for having done that, but they could.  It 
> is not just "this instance".

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