Garrett: The ongoing fight against GPL enforcement
Posted Feb 1, 2012 20:30 UTC (Wed) by tbird20d
In reply to: Garrett: The ongoing fight against GPL enforcement
Parent article: Garrett: The ongoing fight against GPL enforcement
What do you think is actually going to happen if some random product your company makes were to be found in violation of copyright?
In the case of a busybox violation, I don't know. The information I have seems to indicate that the SFC will want to audit all of my products, going on a fishing expedition for GPL violations. I'm willing to expend resources to avoid finding out if that's the case.
And about your Mayor Metaphor, you can plainly see from the SFCs tax documents that they are not asking for million dollar fines.
That's not what they ask for, but if you total up all the tangible and intangible costs (product delays), that's what a big company hears.
That's a simple ballpark placeholder for engaging in any litigation at this level.
that spending a thousand dollars on compliance efforts as in your example
I should have clarified that the $1000 dollars is not spent on compliance - that's already being covered by our compliance policies. That money in the metaphor refers to the amount we'd spend on re-implementing busybox with a BSD license. It's not insurance in the traditional sense. It's more like a payment to someone else, to make the person requesting a million dollars go away permanently. And no, I don't think we can reimplement busybox for $1000. But 10 companies could implement something usable for $10,000 a-piece.
I think this really comes down to the fact that you trust the SFC to behave reasonably, and I don't.
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