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OfB.biz: GNU Questions: RMS on SCO, Distributions, DRM

Aug 15, 2003, 00:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy R. Butler)

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"Timothy R. Butler: IBM announced this week that part of its countersuit against SCO is based on SCO's violation of the GPL (by distributing the GPL'ed Linux kernel while demanding licensing fees for it). What are your thoughts on this?

"Richard M. Stallman: I have not thought about it very specifically because I have not seen the details of their claims. My general feeling is that I'm glad IBM has found a way to counterattack SCO.

"TRB: Does the fact that, as is often pointed out, the GPL has not yet been tested in court concern you?

"RMS: No wise person looks forward to a major battle, even if he expects to win it. Rather than being concerned that we have not yet tested the GPL in court, I'm encouraged by the fact that we have been successful for years in enforcing the GPL without needing to go to court. Many companies have looked at the odds and decided not to gamble on overturning the GPL. That's not the same as proof, but it is reassuring..."

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