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Re: linux gpl question



Lynn Winebarger <owinebar@free-expression.org> writes:

>      In one case the police will probably come after him (assuming they 
> figure out who it was).  Here the copyright holders have to come after
> him.  There's a substantial difference.

And what we're talking about is exactly that.  Eben Moglen, who is
the legal heavy for the FSF, has a nice essay on how easy it is to
enforce the GPL.  Usually takes only one letter.

>        Actually, I wasn't referring to chosing to enforce the law,
> but determining the penalty.  They might make them distribute the
> patched version under GPL, or they might make them pay monetary
> damages and order existent copies destroyed.  I'm not a lawyer, so I
> don't know the full range of a judge's discretion. However, the
> latter is the usual way to deal with copyright infringement (at
> least it's in statute itself).  They might do something else.

Generally GPL holders don't ask for anything more than "either comply
or stop distributing entirely", money damages are not normally
requested.

Thomas


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