Armijn Hemel has released version 3.0 of the The
GPL Compliance Engineering Guide
(PDF). "Compliance engineering and checking for licensing issues tends to endanger profit. First of all, it delays the release. Proper compliance engineering could take a few days (depending on the device), any questions regarding sources have to go back to the factory, sources have to be shipped, and so on. Often the factory won't or can't release all sources (because they bought it too) and it could take many months before the device is compliant. Arriving a few months later than the competition will mean you lost the race. Companies often also don't get more than one or two test samples, which they cannot afford to lend out to a compliance engineer when they need to test functionality.
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