Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 13:47 UTC, submitted by Qwerty
GNU, GPL, Open Source A US federal judge has ruled against antitrust claims that the General Public Licence promotes unfair competition, and in doing so has promoted its cause. On Monday, US Federal Judge John Daniel Tinder, dismissed the Sherman Act antitrust claims brought against the Free Software Foundation. The claims made by Plaintiff Daniel Wallace included: that the General Public License constituted a contract, combination or conspiracy; that it created an unreasonable restraint of trade; and that the FSF conspired with IBM, Red Hat, Novell and other individuals to pool and cross-license their copyrighted intellectual property in a predatory price fixing scheme.
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RE[2]: Waste of a Lawsuit
by Marlor on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 15:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Waste of a Lawsuit"
Marlor
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The GPL does not restrict your right to use software at all, unlike most EULAs. The majority of EULAs restrict what you can do with the copyrighted material you are using. The GPL actually grants you additional rights - it allows you to redistribute and modify the software (things you would normally not be able to do) provided you follow a few simple rules.

So, if you don't like the GPL, then you are free to just not exercise the additional rights it provides, and pretend that the software was distributed with standard copyright.

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