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CNET News: Moglen: Microsoft-Novell Raises GPL Questions

Nov 03, 2006, 13:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"It's possible that Thursday's deal between Microsoft and Novell could conflict with a provision in the General Public License (GPL), according to Eben Moglen, the attorney for the Free Software Foundation that created and oversees the Linux license.

"'If you make an agreement which requires you to pay a royalty to anybody for the right to distribute GPL software, you may not distribute it under the GPL,' Moglen told CNET News.com Thursday. Section 7 of the GPL 'requires that you have, and pass along to everybody, the right to distribute software freely and without additional permission...'"

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