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Computerworld Australia: Is the GPL Good for the Software Industry?

Nov 01, 2003, 08:30 (48 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Sontag, Bradley Kuhn)

"No

"The General Public Licence (GPL) is not good for the software industry for a variety of reasons. These include:

  • "The GPL is full of contradictions and could be interpreted in a number of different ways. At the outset, it bears noting that the GPL is as much a political manifesto as it is a quasi-legal document. It is replete with ambiguities. More importantly, it has never been tested in court. Nobody knows what judges or juries will do when presented with the GPL and asked to find that someone violated its terms, or when someone tries to use it as a defence to a copyright or patent infringement claim..."

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