Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2006 14:11 UTC, submitted by Jack
Linux "Companies using Linux for embedded applications may be unwittingly violating the Linux license and even breaking federal securities laws, according to a research published by Wasabi Systems. According to the study, the problem lies with the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that companies disclose ownership of intellectual property to their shareholders. The study indicates that dozens of companies are discovered each year to have violated the terms of GPL, and if they are public companies, they are violating Sarbanes-Oxley."
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walterbyrd
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2005-12-31

The author, who has an obvious agenda, ignores the fact that violating *any* software license (including Wasabi's) can get you into trouble.

Although you would never know it from the title, the article refers exclusively to people who *violate* the GPL. It's like saying that people who drive cars may face jail terms for DUI.

Take a look at Wasabi Systems website: "Wasabi Certified BSD, a certified, tested, and optimized version of the BSD operating system, offers the rich functionality of BSD Unix without Linux's troublesome GPL License." In other words Wasabi is a direct competitor with GPL'd software. Right on the front page of Wasabi's web-site they are bashing the GPL. Nothing like an unbiased "study" I always say. I wonder who wrote the article, no mention of that. Hmmm.

"If companies are violating the GPL, they dont have the right to use that software."

Is that even acurate? My understand of the GPL is that it does not restrict, only distribution.

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