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Re: [K12OSN] Scary article from Russia (w/o love)

Terrell Prude' Jr. wrote:

How do you propose that any existing technology covered by GPL-incompatible restrictions be combined in a single program with anything covered by the GPL? It can't - and you are forced to exclude one or the other. In cases covered only by copyright, there is the possibility of duplicating the work, but you can't do that with patents. Look at it this way: How many software patents are there? That's how many things can never be included in the Linux kernel unless someone arranges unlimited free distribution rights for each covered item. And this is regardless of the reasonableness of the terms of the patent or your own choices about the value vs. cost.

Ooo-kaaayyy...we are now officially way, way off topic here....

Not really - the GPL is very directly related to what isn't, and can't be, available in Linux, and very much responsible the continuing prevalence of a proprietary monopoly.

  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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