ars technica takes a skeptical look
at Eben Moglen's recent claim that, by distributing Novell's Linux support coupons, Microsoft has committed itself to the (yet unfinalized) terms of GPLv3. "Richard Wilder, a patent lawyer for the Association of Competitive Technology (an organization partially funded by Microsoft), argues that Microsoft isn't subject to the GPL because the company isn't literally distributing Linux or any other piece of GPL-licensed software. Speaking to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Wilder said, '[Microsoft is] not distributing Linux. They're providing somebody access to a service, but they're not providing copies of Linux on a disk, and they're not providing somebody access to Linux for the purpose of download, and so they're not engaged in any distribution.'
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