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A Big Day in Court for the FOSS Community

Aug 14, 2008, 14:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"On the other hand, copyright infringement carries statutory damages (a set amount that you get without having to prove monetary damages) and also allows you to recover attorney fees. And, most importantly for licenses such as the GPL, it means that your rights to use the copyrighted work at all disappear. That's really important with GPL and GPL licenses, which are in a very real sense a social contract that says "I will let you use this for free, so long as you give back to the community for the greater good."

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