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GPL Enforcement: Is Copyleft A Force For Good?

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012

BY Edward J. Naughton

The debate over GPL enforcement continues, with the two leading GPL enforcers lashing back at the “anti-copyleft” forces.

A few weeks ago, Rob Landley sparked a firestorm of controversy within the FOSS community when he criticized the GPL enforcement campaigns conducted by the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) and Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC).

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Legal Issues In Open Source: What to Expect in 2012

Posted on Monday, Jan 30, 2012

BY Edward J. Naughton

It’s traditional in late December to take a look back at the past year and review the top stories, and there are plenty of pieces that review the developments in open source in 2011: Sean Gallagher’s article at Ars Technica, Stephen J. Vaughn-Nichols’ recap of the top five Linux stories, and Mark Radcliffe’s take.

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License revoked: Applying Section 4 of the GPL and the lessons of Best Buy to Google’s Android

Posted on Monday, Aug 8, 2011

BY Edward J. Naughton

Not long ago, open source advocates sued more than a dozen major consumer electronics manufacturers, claiming that the manufacturers had lost the right to use GPL’d software in their devices.  It looks like the same could be said of Android: virtually every one is unlicensed.

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