Subscription/Service Fees - OSD Intent

Laura Majerus LMajerus at
Fri Mar 30 19:40:35 UTC 2001

I'm collecting information on gpl disputes that have been settled amicably
(or at least settled out of court).  "Plenty of companies" is a bit vague.
Pointers anyone? 

Laura Majerus

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ben Tilly [mailto:ben_tilly at]
> Sent: Friday, March 30, 2001 11:31 AM
> To: DSMITH at; license-discuss at
> Subject: RE: Subscription/Service Fees - OSD Intent
> >In the case of Open Source licenses, however, this stuff is 
> too new for
> >there to be any value in simply sticking with bad language.  
> I did a search
> >of Lexis recently and could not find a single case 
> interpreting the GNU GPL
> >or the Mozilla GL.
> There is none for the GNU GPL.  The resulting uncertainty
> is often branded as a weakness.  But IMHO it should be
> viewed as a strength.  Plenty of companies who were not
> particularly friendly to the GPL have been challenged for
> GPL violations.  *NOT ONE* (after full review by their
> lawyers) thought that their odds of winning a case against
> it was good enough to take it to court.
> In my books that is pretty reassuring. :-)
> Cheers,
> Ben
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