“In a decision handed down today in Boston, US District Judge Patti B. Saris ruled on the preliminary injunction motion in MySQL AB vs. Progress Software Corp. On the trademark dispute, on which the Free Software Foundation (FSF) takes no position, she has ruled that Progress Software is enjoined from marketing products under the MySQL trademarks until trial.” Read the rest of the press release at Gnu.org. The significance of this trial is that this is the first time where the GPL license will have to “stand” in a court.
Judge Defers GPL Questions for Trial in MySQL vs. Progress Soft
2002-03-02 Open Source 4 Comments
I’ll say that GPL is the most rstrictive license ever
Yeah, I really feel sorry for you, having to put up with all those restrictions as you freely copy, modify, and enjoy all that GPL’d free software. Pretty restrictive.
“I’ll say that GPL is the most rstrictive license ever.”
The GPL is not restrictive enough. This is why a lot of people refuse to have anything to do with it. This is also why we have never seen, and probably never will see any software innovation in GPL. Name me one innovative GPL product. I would be willing to bet that any GPL product you name I can show you that it is nothing more than a clone of some already existing product. Why? Simple. No one who comes up with a truly innovative software idea is going to license it under GPL because then they cannot capitalize on their idea.
The GPL fanatics like to claim that the GPL promotes software innovation. No it doesn’t. It actually is a deterant to software innovation. When people have great ideas they want to capitalize on them. GPL doesn’t allow that.