Compare And Contrast: How GPL Enforces Violations vs. How RIAA/MPAA/BSA Enforce Violations

from the it's-a-bit-different dept

While we've discussed how extreme views in the open source community can, at times, rival the way the entertainment industry acts towards those who violate licenses, reader Nick Coghlan writes in to point to an article that highlights how different they are in many cases, with Bradley Kuhn, the technical director of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), putting forth new guidelines that encourage people not to jump to conclusions when they see potential violations, and to give the benefit of the doubt to anyone they suspect of violating the license. Compare that to the tens of thousands of threat letters sent out by the RIAA, at times with little real evidence.
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Filed Under: copyright, enforcement, gpl, licenses, violations
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  1. icon
    senshikaze (profile), 11 Nov 2009 @ 4:47am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Freeloaders: Software vs Art

    yes, but with software (compiled code) if you don't tell anybody you are using GPL'd code (remember, from the way you talking, you mean the programmer was in violation) then how would you ever know that GPL code was in there? No one is going to say "We use modified GPL'd code in widget Y, but we didn't send our changes upstream"

    What you seem to be confused on is what is violation. With GPL software (see difference from code) you can redistribute it freely as a binary, with source code available and license. You can even use it (in the same way you can use the output of one program as the input of another). The violation comes in at the point of using the source code in your non-GPL'd software. That is the reason why so many lib's are lgpl, you need to be able to have hooks for the lib in your code and you can't do that with straight gpl'd code unless you code it gpl'd.

    I know its confusing. Try reading the FAQ if I didn't explain it to well (and i know i didn't


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