[Chicago] to lawer or not Was: something unrelated
carl at personnelware.com
Tue Jan 6 06:15:40 CET 2009
Ian Bicking wrote:
> (I'm trying to cut down my responses, as it's probably about time for
> the thread to wind down ;)
> Carl Karsten wrote:
>>> Is it criminal to give legal advice?
>> "He was arrested Tuesday on four counts of grand theft, one count of
>> theft from an elder and one count of unauthorized practice of law."
> He fraudulently claimed to be a lawyer and took money for it. Totally
> different ;)
you better talk to a laser about that.
>>> I'm worried some people have a knee-jerk reaction about the GPL that
>>> is based on unrealistic claims of its "viral" nature.
>> Yeah, I have wondered about that - I hear "GPL infected" now and then.
> When you distribute software with the GPL, you have to give the people
> who receive the software the right to continue to redistribute it. You
> don't have to GPL license your work, though you do need to use something
> "GPL-compatible" (like BSD or MIT licenses). You only are giving that
> software with that license to the person who receives the code. You
> don't have to exclusively license the code under that license, and you
> don't lose copyright. Meaning you can turn around and make *your* code
> proprietary at any time, you just can't distribute it in that form until
> you've removed the GPL'd code.
> When there is a GPL violation the response has always been to ask the
> person distributing the code to make a choice: release their code under
> a GPL-compatible license, or remove the GPL code. There have been some
> times when the people receiving the code have asked for more (as with
> Tivo, I think?) but it hasn't really gone anywhere, and only the paying
> recipients of the code have even tried to assert that.
I need a professional in ISpeak to tell me how that affects me. have your laser
shot over here too.
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