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FSF's Kuhn Responds to Forbes Article

Oct 14, 2003, 20:00 (13 Talkback[s])
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Linux Today asked the Free Software Foundation's Bradley Kuhn if he would like a chance to respond to today's piece at Forbes.com. He gave a brief statement and permission to post it here:

"Like many articles in the mainstream media, it does not represent any of the sides all that well.

"We have an ongoing productive and friendly conversation with CISCO and Broadcom regarding their violation. In no violation case have we ever filed a law suit, and rarely even get the point to threaten one, because most companies feel that it is better for them and their customers to come into compliance.

"Companies make a conscious choice to join the GPL'ed world and build their products in freedom. They are required in return to respect the communities rights, and the characterizations in the article don't point out that it is a conscious quid pro quo for companies. Also, Free Software licensing terms give much more permissions than any proprietary equivalent that a company might base their product on."

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