Re: linux gpl question
Lynn Winebarger <firstname.lastname@example.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
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