Garrett: The ongoing fight against GPL enforcement
Posted Feb 1, 2012 1:19 UTC (Wed) by rahvin
In reply to: Garrett: The ongoing fight against GPL enforcement
Parent article: Garrett: The ongoing fight against GPL enforcement
Then they can do their own enforcement action and stop complaining about me rendering the one I started irrelevant.
There is this saying in the English Language that goes:
Fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on me.
If a company is unable and unwilling to fix compliance issues with past GPL violations why on earth should they be trusted to follow the license the second, third or forth time around. All this supplier discussion is just a red herring. Companies have the ability to force their suppliers to comply, through contract language, future contracts and just cutting a check to the former supplier. If CISCO of all companies (was at one time the largest company by market capitalization in the world) is unwilling to spend the time and money it takes to comply not only with future but past distribution why on earth should they be allowed to get away with it? They fooled us once.
In the name of freedom, we must have a court-imposed compilance officer as a full-time permanent position.
Much like a Felon is required to see a parole officer, a proven license violator should have to submit to periodic reviews for a period of time to prove that their past violations are behind them.
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