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Android GPLv2 termination worries: one more reason to upgrade to GPLv3

Distributors lose their rights when they violate GPLv2, but the Free Software Foundation is more forgiving in its license enforcement to encourage continued participation in the free software community. GPLv3 has improved termination provisions to codify this approach, giving developers one more reason to upgrade.

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Created by akf 6 years 22 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 22 weeks ago
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Enforcement of the GNU GPL in Germany and Europe, by Till Jaeger

GPL enforcement is successful in Europe. In several court decisions and out of court settlements the license conditions of the GPL have been successfully enforced. In particular, embedded systems are the main focus of such compliance activities. The article describes the practice of enforcement activities and the legal prerequisites under the application of German law.

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Created by sockpuppet 7 years 41 weeks ago – Made popular 7 years 41 weeks ago
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Big Win for GNU GPL in France

One of the fallback positions for purveyors of FUD is that the GNU GPL may not be valid, because it hasn't been properly tested in court. That's getting increasingly implausible as a stance.

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Created by Sweetybobbie 8 years 16 weeks ago – Made popular 8 years 16 weeks ago
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Why the GNU GPL Still Matters

Contributing to projects that use more permissive licences than the GNU GPL means that it is likely that many will not contribute because of their distaste for free riders.

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Created by lando 8 years 26 weeks ago – Made popular 8 years 26 weeks ago
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AGPL: Open Source Licensing in a Networked Age

When the reforged GNU General Public License, Version 3 (GPLv3) was finalized and released to an expectant public on June 29, 2007, the most important decision may have been one postponed.

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Created by FFlover 8 years 39 weeks ago – Made popular 8 years 39 weeks ago
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GNU General Public License considered very strong, still not challenged in court

You sometimes hear people trying to dismiss the GNU General Public License, the most popular of the Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) licenses, as being unenforceable. While there is a long list of companies that have been alleged to infringe the license, none of these companies seem to agree this license is unenforceable and opt to settle out of court rather than challenge the license.

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Created by peacemaker 9 years 43 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 43 weeks ago
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