Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Sep 2009 12:41 UTC, submitted by nitsudima
GNU, GPL, Open Source David Chisnall casts a critical eye over the GNU General Public License and asks whether it's done more harm than good for the Free Software movement. "Looking back, has the GPL been a help, or a hindrance? And will it continue to be a help or hindrance in the future?"
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That's like saying you are forced to use condoms with prostitutes "at gunpoint" because you will get a STD if you don't.

You (the company) decide to sleep with a prostitute (use GPL code) knowing the license requirements (condom usage) and the consequences for failing to fulfill them: a lawsuit (STD) or license refusal (no happy ending).

If knowing that you still decided to use the prostitute's services, then that's your own problem, and noone is forcing you to do anything, much less at gunpoint.

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