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Strip Mining of Open Source

Sep 03, 2008, 12:01 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

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"It could be said that the GPL came into existence to prevent strip mining of open source, which can be interpreted as the appropriation of free software code for proprietary gain with no intention of feeding code changes back to the community. The part of the GPL licensing framework that achieves this is known to its friends as copyleft, and is represented by its enemies as "the viral nature of the GPL", and has been a major factor in the success of free software."

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