Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Sep 2006 17:58 UTC, submitted by Ben Jao Ming
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The gpl-violations.org project prevails in court litigation against D-Link regarding D-Link's alleged inappropriate and copyright infringing use of parts of the Linux Operating System Kernel. D-Link distributed DSM-G600, a network attached storage device which uses a Linux-based Operating System. However, this distribution was incompliant with the GNU General Public License which covers the Linux Kernel and many other software programs used in the product."
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RE: uh
by kwag on Mon 25th Sep 2006 16:11 UTC in reply to "uh"
kwag
Member since:
2006-08-31

"I am sure they will think twice before they violate any open source license. Is that what you'll meant to say?"

Nope.
Many embedded developers and companies don't really understand the GPL license.
They don't understand that they have to give away their IP sources if they use GPL.
So once they get bitten by the (G)eneral (P)ublic and the (L)icense, they quickly repair the damage by either removing the product from market of by redesigning the software basing it on another OS.

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RE[2]: uh
by davegetrag on Mon 25th Sep 2006 18:13 in reply to "RE: uh"
davegetrag Member since:
2006-03-31

Why are they using something they do not understand? Nobody made them use it. By using it they pretty much are saying they agree to it which would imply understanding. If I can figure it out how hard can it be. ;)

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RE[2]: uh
by hal2k1 on Mon 25th Sep 2006 23:29 in reply to "RE: uh"
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//Many embedded developers and companies don't really understand the GPL license.
They don't understand that they have to give away their IP sources if they use GPL. //

Nope.

What is so hard to understand about this?

Why don't you understand that if the use GPL code it isn't their IP sources to give away?

//they quickly repair the damage by either removing the product from market of by redesigning the software basing it on another OS.//

Nope. This is not what happens. They publish the code along with the minor modifications to it that they made to get it to run on their hardware, and they sell the product successfully thereafter.

In fcat, other companies then see how successful such a product is, and they begin to do the same thing themselves.

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