Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Jun 2012 23:56 UTC, submitted by Modafinil
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The Samba Team and seven kernel hackers have come together with Software Freedom Conservancy to help efforts to ensure compliance with the GPL by those who implement Linux and other GPL software. Richard Hillesley talked to Bradley Kuhn of Software Freedom Conservancy, Jeremy Allison of Samba, and Matthew Garrett, who works in his spare time with the GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers."
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by WorknMan on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 02:03 UTC
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Matthew Garrett's rationale for getting involved is that "compliance isn't about punishing companies. It's about encouraging them to fulfil their licence obligations"

I'm sure the FSA would say the same thing. How much longer before companies start getting raided by the GPL police.

Before you hit the thumbs down button, I'm not picking on the GPL folks here. That being said, I don't want to give validity to the GPL license because by respecting that license, you also by extension give validity to every other software license in existence, including the ones that demand you pay a fee for every machine you install the software on. Picking and choosing which licenses you will respect is a bit hypocritical to me, because whether a license is 'good' or 'bad' depends on which vantage point you are looking at it from.

From my point of view, once you put anything digital out in the wild, you are basically putting it in the public domain and don't have a claim as to who can copy/run it and when/where, unless you can enforce such a thing using technological means. In other words, my current line of thinking states that NO software licenses are valid, including the GPL. I don't disagree that the folks who made the GPL had good intentions, but it's just dumb to expect end users to follow a certain set of rules, when there's nothing inherent in the technology that dictates they have to follow those rules. Imagine if you came across a piece of software that said you could only use the software every other Tuesday, and only from a squatting position? Who's going to follow that, and how is it that we arbitrarily decide which parts of a license we will follow and which ones we won't?

Edited 2012-06-02 02:06 UTC

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