GPL - possible violation - what should I do?

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at
Wed Mar 20 15:48:56 UTC 2002

On Wed, 2002-03-20 at 13:57, Claus Färber wrote:
> Jan Wildeboer <jan.wildeboer at> schrieb/wrote:
> > Interesting - Free software can violate antitrust laws? Can you
> > construct a theoretical example? Just curious :-)
> Consider this: Apache changes the licence to GPL. As Apache has a  
> large market share, 3rd party vendors for WWW server solutions  
> would have to make their products compatible with Apache.
> However, taken the GPL literally, they could not, for example,  
> write a plugin like mod_fancy_shopping_solution and release that  
> under a proprietary licence.
> So proprietary software vendors could not access that market,  
> giving an competive advantage to Open Source software vendors.

Not true. They can use/fork a prior version of Apache, or stop being
proprietary, so this is not a potential violation of any antitrust law I
can think of.

Hugs, rui

+ No matter how much you do, you never do enough -- unknown
+ Whatever you do will be insignificant,
| but it is very important that you do it -- Ghandi
+ So let's do it...?
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