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Re: [TSVN] To GPL or not to GPL

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2005-08-21 15:30:30 CEST

Rainer Müller wrote:
> Simon Large wrote:
>
>>There is a good volume of open source work under exactly this type of
>>license. Do you know of examples of active open source projects being
>>hijacked by commercial developers? Am I just being naive?
>
>
> No, never. I have only seen projects which were switched to a commercial license
> (like PHPEdit did) or they only provide the source without builds (like X-Chat).
> But these are things the author(s) did, not other people!

Never heard of violations? Just google for "GPL violation", and you'll
find some very interesting stuff. The most prominent example being CherryOS:
http://www.drunkenblog.com/drunkenblog-archives/000501.html
Oh, and btw that company is doing it again:
http://www.drunkenblog.com/drunkenblog-archives/000534.html#vx30evidence

The LAME project has two links (one of them to the Maui company) under
"Hall of shame":
http://lame.sourceforge.net/links.html

So as you can see, no matter what license you choose, bad guys always
will steal your work. But with a GPL, you keep the good guys from using
it too because they're using another OS license (e.g. Apache license).

Stefan

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