[development] Modules that integrate non-GPL PHP apps violate the GPL.

Cog Rusty cog.rusty at gmail.com
Thu Sep 6 13:49:47 UTC 2007

On 9/6/07, Thomas Barregren <thomas at webbredaktoren.se> wrote:
> Caleb Gilbert skrev:
> > Does anyone else realize that (past a point) none of these discussions
> > matter much compared to actual court rulings?
> >
> > Of course the people that came up with the GPL are going to say that
> > they hold the final say in what it means or doesn't. And of course
> > others will say differently at times. If anyone really wants to find
> > out what the GPL covers, and what it doesn't, the only way to truly do
> > it is to lawyer up and hope that your gal/guy is more persuasive than
> > the other side.  ;)
> >
> > - Caleb, "lawyers rule the world", Gilbert
> Caleb,
> You are uninformed.
> GPL has stand the test of courts in both US (e.g. Drew Technologies,
> Inc. v. Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.) and EU (e.g. Welte v.
> Sitecom). The reason that GPL has not been challenged more often during
> its 18 years of existence is the fact that no one is willing to risk
> contesting it. That is, most companies realize that they will loose a
> lawsuit.  And if it is challenged, it usually ends in a settlement (e.g.
> NuSphere Corporation (Progress Software) v. MySQL AB).
> Here are some links you can read:
>     * http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/enforcing-gpl.html
>     * http://www.opensourcelegal.org/laws.php
>     * http://gpl-violations.org/
>     * http://www.groklaw.net/
> Best regards,
> Thomas

Is it accurate to say that all cases won in court are about someone
integrating GPLed code in their own non-GPLed applications or devices
and nothing else?

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