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Re: Another GPL violation: Re: Minimalistic Build-Environmentforwin32 (~7.5MB)


At 09:36 2003-03-25, Patrick J. LoPresti wrote:
Charles Wilson <cwilson at ece dot gatech dot edu> writes:

> FWIW: I am not a lawyer.

And therefore, everything you have said may be safely ignored.

Et tu?

Until this alleged GPL violator receives a "cease and desist" order from an attorney, he has no reason to even consider modifying his behavior. (Except to be polite, of course. But at this point, he has little reason to want to be polite. And providing a simple link to the Cygwin sources is nice enough to begin with.)

I really love it when non-lawyers talk about law, because it's hilarious. Engineers are the best. They have this fascinating notion that laws mean what their written text says. Actually, laws mean whatever the courts decide they mean. The apparent written text is not terribly important. Want evidence? Consider what happens when the text of a law, in your opinion, conflicts with a court's interpretation. Guess to whom the people with badges and guns are going to listen?

That's not quite correct. It's certainly true that lawyers and the law use an argot that readily confuses lay people and perhaps confuses engineers more than most. However, you characterize the semantics of a contract or license agreement as completely unrelated to the words used to express that meaning. I don't accept that. Civil courts resolve issues of intent and meaning of an agreement when the parties to it find themselves at odds over its interpretation.

Your notions about what constitutes a "GPL violation" are nothing more than your opinion. And you are not even qualified to have one, much less to express it. Much like the guy on the street corner expressing his opinion about the end of the world, it is kind of boring.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Even you. Few people are entitled to have their opinion accepted as correct or most relevant or as the prevailing one. Judges, as you point out, are a notable exception.

I hope everyone cheerfully ignores all these accusations of "GPL violations" and proceeds exactly as they have been. I also hope the people making these accusations find better things to do with their time, but I admit to being pessimistic.

Do you also wish upon them that cease-and-desist order?


- Pat

Are you a libertarian? Do what thou wilst? Greed is good? Amoralism and anarchy for all?

Randall Schulz

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