[linux-elitists] Bizarre press release of the day
Fri Nov 21 17:34:49 PST 2003
>>>>> "AK" == Adam Kessel <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
AK> I know someone at a fairly large software company that
AK> discovered that a key library statically linked in their
AK> product was licensed under the GPL a few days before the
AK> product was to be released. They had to scramble to replace
AK> the library with a public domain equivalent. I doubt the
AK> software would have lost "all commercial value" had it been
AK> released accidentally with the GPL library, but it certainly
AK> could have been a headache for the company.
This is kinda like that time my music label was days away from
releasing a new Britney Spears CD, when someone found out that all
Britney Spears music is copyrighted! Man, did we have to scramble,
recording new music to put on that CD! What a hassle! We sure dodged a
bullet on that one.
You're not describing a problem of Free Software; it's a problem of
copyright in general. The company would have had the same problem if
they'd linked against a proprietary library. You can't use somebody
else's stuff except on their terms.
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