Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Dec 2009 20:51 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Yesterday, we reported that the Software Freedom Law Center had started a lawsuit against several companies who they claim violated the GPL. The subject of the violation was BusBox, and the SFLC claims it is operating on behalf of the authors of BusyBox. Original BusyBox author Bruce Perens, however, begs to differ.
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RE[2]: Why GPL then?
by Beta on Thu 17th Dec 2009 13:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Why GPL then?"
Beta
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This provides an interesting problem for retailers and used-product sales...


Not really that interesting… Let’s take an example: most games produced now that use external libraries choose to put copyright texts in the intro sequence, probably the most annoying place for it. But what if they put it on a piece of paper inside the case, like they do now with GPL notices? That paper could be lost, and then once the game is resold, it no longer bares the licence texts. Exact same issue.

Manufacturers would solve it if they included the notice in the product (System About menu?) and if they included a CD in the first place. If you read the GPL, it’ll give suggestions for methods of supply. Most choose the latter, allowing customers to contact them for it. and that causes most of these issues :^)

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