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Re:It's helpful to give copyrights to FSF

Posted by: Mikkel Elmholdt on April 29, 2003 02:45 AM
That's the theory. But please observe that the FSF has yet to "enforce the GPL in court". You have not seen a single count case, where this has happended (and no, the NuSphere/MySQL case was not an FSF case, was not about GPL, and ended with an out-of-court settlement).

Any GPL case will meet a very firm obstacle: Proving that the GPL has indeed been violated. If someone has snatched your code and is using it in a proprietary product, then how are you going to:

a) Find out?
b) Prove it?

The FSF reminds me of a sneaky insurance company, trying to insure me against events, that are very unlikely to happen.


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