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IT-Analysis: The GPL--A Simple Guide

Apr 02, 2004, 22:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Bloor)

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"As there is so much controversy associated with the GPL--the Open Source General Public License, it makes a little sense to review the simple basic legal points involved--if for no other reason than to address the confusion caused by the SCO v IBM case.

"Consider the situation where you own land which includes a river bank. You can charge a fee to fishermen to use that portion of your land for fishing in the river--in other words you can grant them a paid license to fish--or you can simply give them permission--so long as, say, they do not stray more than a few yards from the river bank into other areas of your land. In either case you would be issuing a license, with various conditions attached..."

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