GPL - possible violation - what should I do?

Giovanni Biscuolo giovanni.biscuolo at
Wed Mar 20 17:10:15 UTC 2002

Il mer, 2002-03-20 alle 14:57, Claus Färber ha scritto:
> 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.

They could use a proprietary web server, it's their choice.

Is this a joke?

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