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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.

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



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