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How scary are GPL violations?

Nov 23, 2011, 13:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"Critics of FLOSS licenses are usually quick to point out that the very openness of FLOSS source code actually promotes more license violations. Protect yourself, these critics urge, and avoid FLOSS altogether--or at the very least purchase commercial compliance services and products.

"What's interesting is that these critics rarely if ever mention the number of proprietary software license violations that must surely also occur. These are usually not as well reported, since such violations are handled every day in legal settlements and closed trial proceedings. But when they do make the news, it is usually because of stunningly high damages or injunctive relief. "

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