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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Is Open Source Illegal?

Just Because You Dislike Open Source, Doesn't Mean It's Illegal.

It's weird how some people seem to think that because they don't like something or they can't figure out how to adjust to a changing marketplace, something must be illegal. Groklaw is picking apart a news article that seems to give a lot more credit to a bizarre lawsuit claiming that the concept of the GPL is invalid. Considering that the GPL is just a contractual agreement that no one is forced into using, it's hard to see how it can be invalid. The idea that the GPL is illegally "fixing prices" also seems somewhat laughable. All it really means it that this particular programmer hasn't figured out how to make money off of his own software. That's not because of something illegal going on, but his own failure to understand and react to the business environment.

More On this:
Anti Open Source Article
Bizarre Lawsuit

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