[Samba] [OT] Fyodor terminates SCO nmap rights -- how about Samba?

Rashkae rashkae at tigershaunt.com
Fri Feb 27 22:43:51 GMT 2004

As much as I would like to see a slew of copyright infringement claims
get filed against SCO, from my reading of the GPL, violations of the
license only terminates your right to distribute the software which
was violated.  AFAIK, the only GPL software who's license SCO has
arguably violated, to date, is Linux.  Making derogatory comments
about the GPL to the press does not violate the terms of the license.

On Fri, Feb 27, 2004 at 02:28:09PM -0800, Michael Brown wrote:
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> As you all may know Fyodor of nmap fame has terminated SCO's
> rights to distribute namp with its products.  See:
> http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/27/1077676955381.html
> I know this is off-topic, but I am interested in opinions
> on the subject of SCO using Samba in it's products while they declare
> the GPL is unconstitutional and invalid.  In Darl McBride's recent speech at
> Harvard Law School, he was asked in the Q&A period about SCO's use of
> Samba and the GPL - to which he replied something to the effect (I am 
> paraphrasing here) of "Samba doesn't infringe on our IP to our knowledge, so we
> still contribute (??) to the Samba project and distribute Samba with our
> products"  Is this hypocrisy?  I welcome opinions of the members of the list.
> Sorry if this is not the right forum for this, but I am interested in the
> opinions of the Samba community on this issue.
> Michael Brown 
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