[linux-elitists] Bizarre press release of the day

Jonathan Corbet corbet-elite@lwn.net
Fri Nov 21 08:39:02 PST 2003


Anybody ever heard of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks?  They've just seen fit to
send out a press release trashing the GPL:

    http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/f_headline.cgi?bw.112103/233255267

It's mostly the usual "it's viral" stuff:

	A widely used open-source utility, for instance, could "infect"
	hundreds of software products and destroy their commercial value.

But they also venture into the SCO case in a strange way:

	Most legal experts say SCO's GPL attack is weak, but if SCO wins,
	it could have profound implications for software licensing
	agreements and all copyright licensing, putting stringent limits on
	the kinds of contracts that could be written. The entertainment
	industry, which abounds with restrictive copyright licenses, could
	be heavily impacted.

Anybody have a clue of what these people are up to?  Is it just
tech-industry ambulance chasing, or perhaps some other sort of agenda being
played out?

(I've asked them, of course, but don't have high expectations for a useful
answer.) 

jon



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