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A question about the GPL : opensource
Can an employee of a company release GPL code without the company's permission? Answer (by me): No.
mypostings  via:reddit  GPL 
october 2011 by mcherm
Why WordPress Themes are Derivative of WordPress « Mark on WordPress
WordPress themes are code, and they run together in the same process as WordPress, so they get infected with the GPL. Some theme developers disagree; this article lays out the reasoning to show that they are wrong.
GPL  licensing  plugins 
july 2010 by mcherm
More about the App Store GPL Enforcement — Free Software Foundation
The FSF got Apple to stop carrying GPL'ed software in the AppStore because Apple adds legal restrictions to what users can do with the stuff they download.
apple  appstore  opensource  GPL 
may 2010 by mcherm
GPL Enforcement in Apple's App Store — Free Software Foundation
Do the license terms for Apple's AppStore introduce additional restrictions forbidden by the GPL so that distributing GPL software via the AppStore violates the license?
law  contractlaw  shrinkwrap  licensing  copyright  ip-law  GPL  apple  appstore  via:HackerNews 
may 2010 by mcherm
On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL - Free Software Foundation
Even RMS agrees that it's OK to release something under the GPL and also sell licenses to use it without restrictions
RichardStallman  GPL  licensing 
january 2010 by mcherm
SFLC tech director finds one new GPL violator every day - Ars Technica
There are LOTS of GPL violations (like 1 found per day). Being polite and quiet works best; suing works worst (but DOES work when it's done).
opensource  GPL 
november 2009 by mcherm
Microsoft's Linux Kernel Code Drop Result of GPL Violation
Microsoft found themselves in violation of the GPL so they released some code. Hey... this is exactly what the GPL is intended for!
licensing  GPL  Microsoft  via:HackerNews 
july 2009 by mcherm
Why I (A/L)GPL
Someone's passionate argument about why he prefers to use the GPL instead of a more liberal license. The biggest reason seems to be that he feels he got cheated: he wrote something which became an important part of Ruby on Rails' success, but he never got any credit.
licensing  GPL  opensource  via:HackerNews 
july 2009 by mcherm
Twenty questions about the GPL
A list of 20 simple cases asking how the GPL applies. And they're NOT easy. In fact, I expect competent lawyers would argue over them. I think the point is that the GPL is *not* simple. I am fairly certain I could answer all of these for a "BSD-style" license.
law  ip-law  copyright  GPL  licensing  opensource 
july 2009 by mcherm
dotCOMmie's Blog
Eric S Raymond says that "the time for the GPL has passed" -- we no longer need penalties for failing to share because market forces will suffice. I'm not sure I agree, but it's interesting that he says so.
via:OSNews  opensource  GPL  licensing  EricSRaymond 
march 2009 by mcherm
Bruce Perens: Combining GPL and Proprietary Software
Interesting commentary on how to combine GPL software and proprietary software. The example given is a cell phone. Normally they have two separate CPUs, and he uses that fact.
via:slashdot  opensource  BrucePerens  GPL  law 
february 2009 by mcherm
In Charge - The Role of Inconvenience in Designing Social Systems - Clay Shirky
A 20 min talk from Clay Shirky. A few key ideas: inconvenience is a key factor in some of our social systems; net groups can fail by making things too convenient. And groups could be more powerful with a barrier to entry and exit; examples include the GPL (hard to leave) and corporations (hard to join or leave).
clayshirky  socialcomputing  GPL  facebook 
september 2008 by mcherm
Google Open Source Blog: Standing Against License Proliferation
Google's open source code hosting restricts what licenses can be used. This is done intentionally, in an attempt to fight license proliferation. And it has been successful: there are now only two-and-a-half valid choices: GPL2 (or GPL3) or Apache.
apache  bsd  opensource  GPL  programming  licensing  google 
august 2008 by mcherm
Slashdot | Linguistic Problems of GPL Advocacy
BSD and GPL advocates may have a linguistic difference: one tries to protect the project, one tries to protect the code. Personally, I've always found this distinction quite clear so I don't see this as very insightful.
GPL  copyright  via:slashdot 
july 2008 by mcherm
Why licenses don’t matter (and why they do) « Sententia cdsmithus
Interesting thesis: licenses don't matter. Programmers like logical systems so they believe in licenses, but in reality social pressures and having lawyers matters more. So you have to worry more about the motivations of people and less about the words of
licensing  opensource  law  ip-law  GPL  software 
july 2008 by mcherm
Ian Bicking: a blog :: The GPL and Principles
An interesting thought: if you're NOT going to use the GPL (using BSD-style instead) then perhaps you should have a mission statement about openness. The GPL comes with mission statement built-in.
GPL  licensing  opensource  programming 
may 2008 by mcherm
Slashdot | Author of ATSC Capture and Edit Tool Tries to Revoke GPL
You can't revoke the GPL. Here's a case of someone who tried.
opensource  GPL  ip-law 
may 2008 by mcherm
D&D going from open to closed-source.
Interesting. The owners of D&D (with it's innovative "open gaming license" allowing derivative works in a GPL-like fashion) will release a new version that prohibits use of the old license. What if Microsoft did this to fight the GPL?
D&D  gaming  opensource  GPL  evil  law  licensing  ip-law  via:boingboing  blogworthy 
april 2008 by mcherm
MPAA's University wiretapping product taken down for violating copyright - Boing Boing
Takedown notice used to request removal of GPL'ed software which refused to release source. The software was the MPAA's tool for searching for copied video.
via:boingboing  GPL  copyright  riaa  mpaa  ip-law 
december 2007 by mcherm
Groklaw - Details of Novell-MS Pact - The SEC filing - Updated
Novell signs a deal with Microsoft that skirts around the GPL allowing Novell to distribute GPL code which is encumbered with patents.
personal_net  law  patent  GPL 
november 2006 by mcherm
LWN: Some more details from Novell
Novell signs patent deal with Microsoft, and manages to squeeze through a GPL near-violation at the same time.
personal_net  GPL  law  patent 
november 2006 by mcherm

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