How To Break The GPL
jread at semiotek.com
Mon Mar 6 20:44:46 UTC 2000
On Mon, Mar 06, 2000 at 02:26:00PM -0500, John Cowan wrote:
> What breach? Bob is, from Trent's viewpoint, modifying Trent's
> work for his own use, which the GPL permits, using Alice's
> proprietary additions.
I wonder if the "Digital Millenium Copyright Act", with all its attendent
evil, would actually be of some use here.
It forbids the creation of a computer program whose sole purpose is to
infringe on copyrights. I'm not clear on the details. Maybe Alice's
instructions would form such a program (say it was a patch or Make script)
and therefore be illegal.
Or maybe not, I don't know. If there would otherwise have been no
infringement it may not matter.
Viral opensource licenses should require publication upon the creation
of a derivitive work, rather than upon the distribution. Or is that
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