GPL enforcement: waiting for the Monsoon
Posted Sep 27, 2007 4:38 UTC (Thu) by felixfix
In reply to: GPL enforcement: waiting for the Monsoon
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It is eminently plausible and indeed probable. Maybe you have always worked with pretty smart clueful people, but there are quite a few people out there, successful businessmen and developers, who are so clueless that they wouldn't realize how important the GPL is to whatever code they are using. Maybe they heard of Linux being free software that thousands contribute to, but the strange concept that this freely (beer) available software has weird strings attached requiring them to publish their own changes .... well, that is just not a concept that has ever entered their heads. It is in fact so alien to hem that even if they read the GPL, it will not sink in. Their brains are not prepared for such an inside out concept. I have friends who know something of free software but are not developers, and they have trouble understanding this sharing. It is by no means intuitive in today's society full of DRM and lawyers.
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