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Re: early review of RH 9 (Shrike)

On Fri, Mar 28, 2003 at 03:45:13PM -0800, Gordon Messmer wrote:
> What, exactly, would they have licensed?  The GPL forbids distribution 
> of software that would place encumberances upon the recipients, which 
> Thompson's patents do.  All common mp3 software is available only under 
> the GPL.

It might be possible with enough money to get a license for any/all GPLed
software. This would result in a situation like that of QT -- if you want to
make proprietary software, you'd still have to buy your own license. This is
maybe improbable now, but as the technology gets older, it could happen.

Matthew Miller           mattdm@xxxxxxxxxx        <http://www.mattdm.org/>
Boston University Linux      ------>                <http://linux.bu.edu/>

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