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Linux.com: FSF Hires New GPL Compliance Engineer

Aug 24, 2006, 18:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

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"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has hired long-time volunteer Brett Smith as compliance engineer for the GNU Public License (GPL). Smith replaces David Turner, who has held the position for more than five years. Both Smith and Turner say they expect a smooth changeover, with continued development of existing policies.

"The position of GPL compliance engineer is one of the more public faces of the FSF. Overseeing the FSF's compliance lab, the compliance engineer is responsible for investigating reports of violations of the GPL and for bringing violators into compliance. According to Turner, who was the first to hold the position and largely defined it, about half the reports turn out to be true. The rest, in his experience, are 'either unverifiable or false.' Many involve dealing with a free software project or a company developing GPL software, but a growing number of cases involve standard end-user license agreements that are incompatible with the GPL..."

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