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CNET News: Defender of the Linux Faith

Mar 21, 2005, 16:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ingrid Marson)

"Q: Why is it important to stop people from violating the GPL?

"Welte: You can use all the code out there for free, but if you do modifications, you have to give them back to the community--it's a fairness thing. If we allowed violations to become common, the system would be out of equilibrium. This would result in fewer contributions and it would have a large negative impact on the motivation of developers..."

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