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 Beta on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 17:31 UTC in reply to "Didn't require release"
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Even if there was a GPL violation, that didn't mean Microsoft had to contribute their code: they could have resolved the violation by not distributing.

They had already distributed code, anyone in receipt of those binary drivers could have asked for source code. At that point, not providing it would have been a GPL violation, as well as the initial violation: them not abiding by the copyright terms of the original code.

AFAIK and IANAL.

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