Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Sep 2009 14:01 UTC
Legal In France, the GPL has scored yet another major win in court. What makes this infringements case special is that it was filed not by the developers of the infringed-upon code, but by users, demonstrating that they, too, can successfully enforce the GPL. Since I noted on a few threads here on OSNews that a lot of people still fail to grasp the difference between an open source license and an EULA, I figured I'd take this opportunity to explain the difference one more time - using hand-crafted diagrams!
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RE: In a few lines...
by alcibiades on Sat 26th Sep 2009 12:07 UTC in reply to "In a few lines..."
alcibiades
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The reason people try to conflate them seems to be that they would like to make the argument, presumably inspired by Cupertino marketing, that if Apple loses it will in some way negatively affect the GPL. In fact, it will not, and for the reasons given in the above post, one (GPL) is a matter of statutory law, copyright law.

The other (EULA) is a civil contract you have entered into with a supplier, whose terms may or may not be enforceable in your jurisdiction.

If Apple wins or loses, it will be on the EULA issue, and it will have no effect whatever on the GPL. So there is no reason to support Apple's case on acount of any worries about the GPL.

It is a bit like if I fail to pay my mortgage and get sued, if I win or lose, this will not affect the enforceability of the law on speed limits. Yes, the two things are that unrelated!

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