Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd May 2006 17:43 UTC, submitted by anonymous
GNU, GPL, Open Source After Kororaa announced its GPL problems and me writing a column about it, the people behind Kororaa have now posted an in-depth follow-up: "I have been receiving lots of information which I have been sorting through, thank you to everyone who has emailed me (although I would have also thanked you personally via email). I contacted both ATI and nVidia for some clarification on particular issues, however neither have answered my questions. Nevertheless, this is what I have found so far."
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Permission?
by Brendan on Mon 22nd May 2006 20:00 UTC
Brendan
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2005-11-16

Just wondering why Kororaa can't ask for an exclusion from the copyright holders (regardless of whether it is a violation or not).

Of course you'd probably have to figure out who the copyright holders are. This might be impossible (too many programmers/contributors scattered everywhere without up-to-date contact information), which makes me wonder if the copyright holders are organised well enough to take legal action in any case (even for blatant/deliberate violations without grey areas).

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RE: Permission?
by jonsmirl on Mon 22nd May 2006 20:23 in reply to "Permission?"
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2005-07-06


Of course you'd probably have to figure out who the copyright holders are. This might be impossible (too many programmers/contributors scattered everywhere without up-to-date contact information), which makes me wonder if the copyright holders are organized well enough to take legal action in any case (even for blatant/deliberate violations without gray areas).


The complete list of kernel contributors is unknown and some of them are dead. This makes it impossible to get permission to relicense things. I'm still waiting to see how Linus gets around that problem when considering the GPLv3.

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RE[2]: Permission?
by Brendan on Mon 22nd May 2006 20:34 in reply to "RE: Permission?"
Brendan Member since:
2005-11-16

The complete list of kernel contributors is unknown and some of them are dead. This makes it impossible to get permission to relicense things. I'm still waiting to see how Linus gets around that problem when considering the GPLv3.

If I took the source code for Linux, removed all of the copyrights and inserted my own commercial/proprietory copyright, then used search&replace to change every occurance of the word "Linux" to "Foo", and then started selling it as "Foo, the greatest OS on earth" (for $100 per copy) with large international advertising campaigns, would anyone be able to stop me?

It seems to me that if the copyright holders aren't organised enough to prevent this then Linux effectively has no enforcable copyright, and the only thing stopping GPL violations is "bad press".

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