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CNET News: GPL Enforcer Bemoans Code Quality

Oct 31, 2006, 21:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Open-source programmer Harald Welte spends a lot of time enforcing provisions of the General Public License, taking legal action when companies include GPL software in products without releasing their versions of the underlying source code. He's had many successes--most recently in court against networking equipment maker D-Link in September--pressuring several companies to comply with the GPL's requirement to provide their source code.

"The idea of the license is that those who benefit from the freedoms of GPL software--it may be copied, modified and distributed--must also provide their source code changes for the benefit of others using the code..."

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