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Re: linking to GPL'd libraries WAS Re: One unclear point in the Vim license

On Thu, Jan 03, 2002 at 04:28:55PM -0800, lloyder@canada.com wrote:
> Wow, I am worried for our free software community then.
> You sound like the software companies that do not want 
> people to be able to publicly publish security bug reports.
> How did the GPL get to its current state then?  O darn,
> we lost in court again, better go back to the drawing 
> board.

Nobody had yet the guts to challenge the GPL in court.  In all cases where
the FSF approached people and urged them to comply with the terms, people
preferred to do so rather than going to court.

If you are worried about enforcability of the GPL, please read the excellent
articles "Free Software Matters:  Enforcing the GPL" I and II by
Prof. Eben Moglen, who does it daily.  And if you have the chance,
listen to him when he gives a talk in your area, he is an excellent speaker.



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