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Enforcing the GPL – Kernel hackers join the fight -
2012-06-08 06:44:08 GMT
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"The Samba Team and seven kernel hackers have come together with Software Freedom Conservancy to help efforts to ensure compliance with the GPL by those who implement Linux and other GPL software. Richard Hillesley talked to Bradley Kuhn of Software Freedom Conservancy, Jeremy Allison of Samba, and Matthew Garrett, who works in his spare time with the GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers."
Samba has only ever had "one really serious compliance issue, a very long time ago. These were the kind of people who, if they weren't violating copyright on software, they would be stealing the radios out of your car. They were just crooks. They took the code of Samba and put a proprietary licence on it, and started selling it as their own work." "When they were caught," he remembers, "they tried to obfuscate the code. But because they were morons, they actually had an open NFS server on the internet. This was a very long time ago. So we were able to watch them in real time obfuscating the names of the functions, and periodically burn a CD and say 'Oh. They've got up to here now.'" "They eventually went away and started ripping off the US government. They came out with a different product which was probably based on somebody else's free software, and started selling it to the government for lots of money. Picking on Samba was hard work because we were going to fight back, so they picked on someone else..."
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