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An aside on GPL vs Aristic and the courts [was: Is PERLIOoperational or still 'experimental'?]

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From:
Aristotle Pagaltzis
Date:
August 4, 2012 08:14
Subject:
An aside on GPL vs Aristic and the courts [was: Is PERLIOoperational or still 'experimental'?]
Message ID:
20120804151413.GA10556@fernweh.plasmasturm.org
* Nicholas Clark <nick@ccl4.org> [2012-07-26 15:15]:
> (And the irony is that in the US, the Artistic License has stood up to
> attack in court, whereas the GPL has yet to be tested. IIRC)

The FSF’s answer on this point, of course, is that the GPL has been
tested countless times *before* court and every would-be violator has
chosen to settle without a trial. Which presumably demonstrates that the
GPL is so watertight and compliance with it so relatively non-onerous
that no would-be perpetrator is interested in letting the matter go to
the courts.

It could then be argued that the fact that the Artistic License has
stood up in court – read: has had to stand up in court, i.e. it has been
part of a dispute that managed to last long enough for a court to have
to rule on it, means that it is the weaker licence.

Which only makes for a richer, multidirectional flavour of irony.

Regards,
-- 
Aristotle Pagaltzis // <http://plasmasturm.org/>

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