Garrett: The ongoing fight against GPL enforcement
Posted Feb 1, 2012 17:55 UTC (Wed) by tbird20d
In reply to: Garrett: The ongoing fight against GPL enforcement
Parent article: Garrett: The ongoing fight against GPL enforcement
So you write that companies like Sony think auditing their products before release to check they're in compliance with free software licences (and risk being forced to do it systematically) is intolerable?
No. I never wrote that. We do audit our products before release to check that they're in compliance, and I would argue we do it as well as anyone in the industry. But Sony is a large place with a lot of different independent product groups. I can attest that, for every product my team works on (which includes set-top boxes, TV sets and cameras, among other things), we are fully compliant and we have no supplier issues or source code release issues.
What I can't be sure of is whether this is true for every Sony product. People keep asserting that it's trivial to perform compliance. It is, for a single group. Sony has standards in place that product teams are supposed to follow for GPL compliance. Unfortunately, I can't be sure that every team is following them, or won't make a mistake. In particular, I can 't be sure of this for sub-contractors. Sub-contractors may claim they have given you corresponding source, but have not. It happens.
What is intolerable is having a 3rd party hold your entire product line hostage, based on some issue with an unrelated product.
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