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8716cce9a7b721786e5425b8cc1f9951?d=identicon&s=25 sean.seanlynch (Guest)
on 2005-11-17 15:35
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"M. Edward (Ed) Borasky" wrote:

"As far as I know, *none* of the "open source" licenses have *ever* been
tested in a court of law. So the so-called "rights" one has when one
"uses" the GPL, either by granting it or accepting it, may not in fact
exist."


The BSD license has certainly been tested in Court. It stood up to
AT&T, USL Novell. It has stood up to others:
http://sco.tuxrocks.com/?Case=USL
http://sco.tuxrocks.com/?Case=UCRegents


The GPL has also been tested:
GPL tested in German court:
http://news.com.com/2100-7344-5198117.html

GPL tested in Michigan Court
http://lxer.com/module/newswire/view/33223/

Most of the time GPL cases don't make to Court because the infringing
side has given up after consulting attorneys. They usually settle long
before the case gets to Court.

Sean Lynch
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