You, go, Jon!
Posted Mar 24, 2011 16:24 UTC (Thu) by butlerm
In reply to: You, go, Jon!
Parent article: Has Bionic stepped over the GPL line?
District court decisions do not count as binding precedent, certainly. That doesn't mean they aren't widely influential, in terms of logic and reasoning. The idea is to interpret the law, not make it up, right?
If the district court's ruling is a tour de force of rationality, any other court is going to have a difficult time issuing a contrary one. This particular decision treated the issues here in greater depth than any previous U.S. court, and should reasonably be treated as a guide to the way other courts would rule when faced with the same question.
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