How scary are GPL violations?
Nov 23, 2011, 13:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
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"Critics of FLOSS licenses are usually quick to point out that
the very openness of FLOSS source code actually promotes more
license violations. Protect yourself, these critics urge, and avoid
FLOSS altogether--or at the very least purchase commercial
compliance services and products.
"What's interesting is that these critics rarely if ever mention
the number of proprietary software license violations that must
surely also occur. These are usually not as well reported, since
such violations are handled every day in legal settlements and
closed trial proceedings. But when they do make the news, it is
usually because of stunningly high damages or injunctive relief.