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BULMA: Why must we adopt the GPL license?

Aug 24, 2001, 14:00 (22 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Cacao for this link. ]

"...We wonder if it is right that we spend a whole year in our life to create a product and somebody who only wastes ten minutes could make a product and sell it to our potential customers.

Of course this person hasn't invested so he could sell it cheaper or even give it free. In fact this person has got all the sources, he can give support to the product, what would happen if he changes it or if he improves it. So he would create a product better than mine in only one month, only because he stole my one year work... No! remember the GPL condition! " If you take advantage of my work I will take advantage of your work." I prefer reading this in a fair way : " grateful to the progress I could reach, I wish my progress could help you to make a better software."

We all know that people are self-centered, we go on with the theme "if you bleed me, I will bleed you" At the end it is the universal doubt: What will happen if the laws are not respected ? It is to say what would happen if someone takes a far-reaching GPL product and he uses it to make an inaccessible, illegible, propietary software.

A few days ago somebody asks how to protect us from people who don't respect the GPL license.

The answer is easy, we don't have to protect us because these people are the victims."

Article:
English: http://bulma.lug.net/body.phtml?nIdNoticia=817
Spanish: http://bulma.lug.net/body.phtml?nIdNoticia=813
French: http://bulma.lug.net/body.phtml?nIdNoticia=816