hypothetical(?) GPL problem

Frank Heckenbach frank at g-n-u.de
Thu Jun 21 17:47:19 UTC 2001

Marc Eberhard wrote:

> OK, I see that point now. This problem has emerged, because the internet is
> becoming more and more easy to access for more and more people. So companies
> can use it as a medium to provide services. Of course the consumers still
> have a word to say. If they don't want to depend on such a remote service,
> they will not buy the product. It's probably a very good item for the FSFE
> watch list: Which companies do try this strategy to get around the GPL?
> Informing users and other companies of this strategy of a company will
> probably ruin their business quite quickly. Just tell them, that there is a
> company, that wants to make them dependant, so that it can later ask for any
> price for their service. That's probably pretty scaring to most users.

If it's that easy, why don't you just tell them about M$'s practices
(attempts to lock them in, i.e. make them dependent, using
interfaces, file formats, net protocols, patents, etc.), and windoze
will be gone in no time ... :-(


Frank Heckenbach, frank at g-n-u.de
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