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The Viral Clause

Jul 06, 2007, 18:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

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"Paradoxically, the viral clause, the part of the GPL licensing framework that so many people objected to because it wasn't business friendly, made the license business friendly--in the future, a license that liberates business from the drug of DRM and the prison of software patents may turn out to have been equally prescient and business friendly.

"The Linux kernel is licensed under the GNU General Public Licence, or GPL. As we all know, the GPL turns copyright law on its head, and encourages freedom by granting the user a number of rights and responsibilities..."

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