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Re: Implications of using code under LGPL license
« Reply #5 on: Jun 29th, 2007, 2:39pm »
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on Jun 25th, 2007, 4:23pm, JimIvey wrote:

Re "English" translations: As a patent practitioner, I'm very reluctant to admit that any restatement of anything is 100% accurate.  In my line of work, there are no synonyms.  However, the LGPL is in English, not quite Hemmingway or Steinbeck, but English (more like Faulkner).  A few hours of careful study, and you should be able to figure it out.  My understanding is that most open source licenses are a few pages in length -- 4 or so.  Don't know for sure.

 
Who is determining accuracy anyway.  Without any court decisions interpreting the legal meaning of these 4-page license provisions, it is a very subjective standard.  Is there anyone out there actually enforcing these licenses?
I am just looking for a resource that can tell me at a high level what the user obligations are for each license under different circumstances
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Re: Implications of using code under LGPL license
« Reply #6 on: Jun 29th, 2007, 4:12pm »
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on Jun 29th, 2007, 2:39pm, hamea wrote:
Is there anyone out there actually enforcing these licenses?

I don't believe an open source license has ever been litigated.  I forget the name of the company that was going to sue IBM and all Linux distributors; that was expected to be the first test in court.  But I believe those suits went away.
 
Still, from what I can tell, the industry takes open source licenses very seriously -- genuinely trying to avoid breach of the license.
 
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Re: Implications of using code under LGPL license
« Reply #7 on: Jun 30th, 2007, 11:06am »
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on Jun 29th, 2007, 4:12pm, JimIvey wrote:

I forget the name of the company that was going to sue IBM and all Linux distributors; that was expected to be the first test in court.  

 
SCO v. IBM
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Re: Implications of using code under LGPL license
« Reply #8 on: Jun 30th, 2007, 11:25am »
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Thanks.  That's the one.
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Re: Implications of using code under LGPL license
« Reply #9 on: Jul 2nd, 2007, 11:53am »
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SCO v. IBM hasn't gone away yet, but I'm not sure it is really a GPL case.
 
There was also a fairly recent case in which a pro se named Wallace sued IBM and others for anti-trust activity arguing that releasing GPL code for free unfairly eliminated competition because Wallace couldn't sell his own programs for a cost above 0.
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