(OT) - Major Blow to Copyleft Theory

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Tue Aug 28 07:11:34 UTC 2007

Chris Travers wrote:

> If the license was truly unilateral, the only real injunctive relief possible would be to
> ask the offending party to stop doing what is violating the license (not
> an order to actually do something. such as release source code, which
> implies that the ).

Yes, and that would leave three relevant choices for the offending party.

a. Stop distributing the infringing software.
b. Settle with the copyright holder, by agreeing to release source code
under the GPL.
c. Settle with the copyright holder, by arranging an alternative
licensing arrangement

If either a. or b. is chosen, the purposes of the GPL are satisfied.  If
c., at least the copyright holder is satisfied.

Matt Flaschen

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