get ready

phred at phred at
Thu Apr 15 07:54:29 UTC 1999

My recollection of Patricia Samuelson's talk at the Open Source Developer Day
last August was that she was more favorable to the enforceability of the GPL,
NatePuri.  I don't want to beat a horse that may already be dead, but this
gets very close to the heart of the purpose of this list to begin with,
which is enforceability of a given license within the context of open source.

I'd be interested if you or others have further thoughts specifically on
enforceability with regard to the GPL and other open source-like licenses.


PS  My understanding is that rights to enforce a trademark arise from
    actual use of the mark, but you can't enforce the rights without
    registering it.  Thus, if the GPL hasn't been registered, it might
    be considered a trademark but wouldn't be enforceable as such.

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