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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RE[4]: Permission?
by Brendan on Mon 22nd May 2006 21:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Permission?"
Brendan
Member since:
2005-11-16

You don't need all of the copyright holders to agree to pursure a violation suit, you only need one. The only time everyone must agree is when the Linux license is going to be changed. For example, the GPL is part of the mess between IBM and SCO.

Ahh - this would also mean that any kernel developer could initiate legal action against Kororaa (even when all other kernel developers don't agree to it).

I guess that it'd also be impossible for Kororaa to ask for an exemption (i.e. to get limited permission), as all copyright holders would need to agree.

Of course if you did this I doubt if anyone would waste money trying to stop you since they can download the maintained version for free.

If anyone tried to do what I described, then I sincerely hope that every Linux kernel developer takes action, one at a time, so that the person/s violating the copyright end up with hundreds of seperate court cases (if they ignore the hundreds of cease and desist orders).

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RE[5]: Permission?
by jonsmirl on Mon 22nd May 2006 21:52 in reply to "RE[4]: Permission?"
jonsmirl Member since:
2005-07-06


Ahh - this would also mean that any kernel developer could initiate legal action against Kororaa (even when all other kernel developers don't agree to it).


Any one developer can initiate the action. But they have to pay to see the action through and that can be very expensive. The GPL is completely murky on this subject so it is unclear which party would win. If you are going to fight this case you would be a fool to chase Kororaa. Because even if you win you aren't going to win anything because they don't have anything to take. If you really wanted to fight this you would pick on a company with a lot of money.

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RE[6]: Permission?
by ma_d on Mon 22nd May 2006 23:55 in reply to "RE[5]: Permission?"
ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

This could provide a logical reason to attack Kororaa instead of a company like Mandriva: Because you _don't_ want to be accused of seeking money, fame, etc; but you just want to fish out this thing you view as a violation of the license on your code.

Of course, in the end people say you're picking on the little guy.

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