(L)GPL remarks and FreeGIS licensing

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at intevation.de
Wed Aug 13 08:20:07 UTC 2003

On Tue, Aug 12, 2003 at 09:21:32PM +0100, João Miguel Neves wrote:
> A Ter, 2003-08-12 às 20:54, Niall Douglas escreveu:
> > My own opinion is given recent historical judgements by US courts 
> > with regard to similar issues, it does not bode well. The fact the 
> > GPL has the sweeping power it does it because it can be interpreted 
> > in so many ways ie; it's not been fixed.
> > 
> I couldn't disagree more with you on this. The force of the GPL and the
> reason why no company so far, after hundreds of GPL violations, dared to
> go to court against the GPL is because there aren't much doubts about
> its meaning.

Legally the GNU GPL is a well examined license due to its wide use
over that long period. So I completely agree with João here,
the GNU GPL ist clear and legally very effective.

> If you want to understand how much work has gone into getting the GPL to
> this point read the "Enforcing the GPL" series in
> http://emoglen.law.columbia.edu/
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