Rui Miguel Seabra rms arroba 1407.org
Wed Jul 2 14:12:02 2003

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On Wed, 2003-07-02 at 13:15, Ivo Martins wrote:
> Segundo este artigo colocado no slashdot a licensa GPL pode n=C3=A3o func=
ionar correctamente no Sistema Legal Alem=C3=A3o.
> http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/03/07/02/0245228.shtml?tid=3D117&tid=3D99


Esse estudo foi pago pelo VSI, um lobby para software propriet=C3=A1rio, e
parece conter v=C3=A1rias provas de que n=C3=A3o compreendem Software Livre=
muito bem.

Georg Greeve diz na mailing list discussion arroba fsfeurope.org:

-----Forwarded Message-----=20
From: Georg C. F. Greve <greve arroba fsfeurope.org>
To: onno.timmerman arroba s-p-a.be
Cc: discussion arroba fsfeurope.org
Subject: Re: Free software Germany GPL
Date: 02 Jul 2003 13:15:32 +0200

 || On Wed, 02 Jul 2003 12:50:54 +0200
 || Onno Timmerman <onno.timmerman arroba s-p-a.be> wrote:=20

 ot> On Slashdot it stated that in Germany GPL isn't legal.=20
 ot> Is this true?


The study they are referring to was paid by the VSI, a lobbying group
for proprietary software and it is clearly based on very weak
understanding of Free Software.

It for instance claims the SCSL was an "accepted Free Software
license" and makes the typical beginners mistake of confusing Free
Software, Shareware and Freeware.

There is a lot of better-researched studies clearly coming to the
conclusion that the GPL is valid even if the clauses regarding
warranty and liability are replaced by standard rulings due to German
customer protection laws.

There will probably be some public statements about it soon.

One would wish that Slashdot had investigated the story before
publishing it or at least asked someone who knew about the issues.

+ No matter how much you do, you never do enough -- unknown
+ Whatever you do will be insignificant,
| but it is very important that you do it -- Gandhi
+ So let's do it...?

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