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In Defense of The GPL

Nov 27, 2007, 16:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The GPL is the most widely used open source license on Earth, yet it has never been tested in a U.S. courtroom.

"That's not to say that alleged GPL license violations aren't already hitting the country's judicial system. In fact, the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), a pro bono legal firm assisting open source projects, has filed three different actions concerning the GPL this year. Two of those lawsuits came just last week.

"The ultimate impact of these actions could well serve to either spurn or spawn even greater open source adoption, industry observers say..."

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