Examining an attack on the GPL
Posted Nov 24, 2003 23:19 UTC (Mon) by vblum
In reply to: Examining an attack on the GPL
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I agree with you regarding the likelihood: It's rather unlikely that a GPL author could force Evil Software Company X's infringing code into the open.
But, Mr Henry is evidently a lawyer. There is nothing factual in the GPL which _prevents_ a GPL copyright holder (e.g. FSF) from suing for exactly that, instead of other damages. The judge's decision is another matter, but technically it's not predetermined.
And, who knows what side circumstances might apply that render the payment of damages, negotiating a separate agreement etc. impractical in a given case.
Yet again, just to make sure: There is nothing viral about this anyway. Whoever falls for this virus has to do so maliciously, as for the famous text virus.
("I am a virus. Please copy me (by hand!) to every email address in your address book. Thank you very much.")
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