Free Software Foundation Files Suit Against Cisco For GPL Violations
michael at laptop.org
Fri Dec 12 15:22:02 EST 2008
On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 11:52:54AM -0800, Edward Cherlin wrote:
>On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 11:14 AM, John Gilmore <gnu at toad.com> wrote:
>> OLPC is at risk of similar action unless it gets its act together.
>> The project and its customers have skated by on GPL compliance,
>> figuring that we're the good guys, and make halfhearted attempts every
>> once in a while, so we won't get sued. That didn't work for Cisco.
>> Even a public *allegation* by FSF that OLPC is not compliant would
>> have an effect similar to the "We're going Microsoft" debacle, further
>> alienating the free software development community who OLPC depends
>> deeply upon. OLPC has, by distributing binaries under DRM, without
>> source code, and with minimal notice, hung a sword over its head that
>> just about anybody could unleash.
>Some of us are new to one or another part of this issue, and need a
>bit more background.
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