Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 09:43 UTC
Microsoft Sometimes, some things are just too good to be true. Earlier this week, Microsoft made a relatively stunning announcement that it would contribute some 20000 lines of code to the Linux kernel, licensed under the GPL. Microsoft isn't particularly fond of either Linux or the GPL, so this was pretty big news. As it turns out, the code drop was brought on by... A GPL violation.
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RE: Didn't require release
by Ford Prefect on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 10:38 UTC in reply to "Didn't require release"
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That is not correct.

What Microsoft did was a copyright violation and it doesn't get away by just stopping further violations.
Typically, the copyright holders of GPL code settle with the condition that the source code is released, a "late fix" of the violation.
If MS would not follow that path, the copyright holders would probably sue MS (with a lot of media coverage) and eventually get damages paid.

Edited 2009-07-23 10:39 UTC

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