Use of GPL without any intention to enforce

Carter Bullard carter at
Mon Feb 12 23:12:31 UTC 2001

Gentle people,


Is there any advantage to releasing software under GPL if you
have no intention of ever enforcing the license?

GPL projects seem to require some form of licensing in order
for connected software to be compatible, which I interpret
to mean connectable, bundle able, redistributable.  Since most
projects are collections of packages, many of which are GPL'd,
it seems that licensing under a GPL like license would be a
reasonable thing, regardless of your interest in copyleft or
not, even when you have no intention of ever enforcing a license
of any kind.

Would it be reasonable to make the claim that there is no
intention to enforce a license in the license itself?


Carter Bullard
QoSient, LLC
300 E. 56th Street, Suite 18K
New York, New York  10022

carter at
Phone +1 212 588-9133
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