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

Jim Shanks jim at shanks.cc
Sat Feb 28 08:12:10 GMT 2004

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> Rashkae <rashkae at tigershaunt.com> wrote:
>> 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
> My question is this: by declaring the GPL as invalid, isn't that
> non-acceptance of the license, which in turn invalidates your right to
> distribute all GPL software?  (SCO does distribute Samba in its products,
> while
> at the same time they have a document on their website declaring the GPL
> invalid;
> See: http://www.thescogroup.com/copyright/ for details)
> I believe acceptance of the license is required to distribute GPL
> products,
> although IANAL.
> Michael Brown
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Actually, didn't SCO make the arguement that any GPL'd software should
actually be declared "public domain"?  If that's so, doesn't allowing them
to continue using the software under the GPL put the copyright at risk?

Jim Shanks

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