Keep Cool Over Open Source License Violations

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November 20, 2009, 9:02 am

Shortly before I wrote my post about responsible disclosure of open source licensing violations, Bradley Kuhn (of the Software Freedom Conservancy and Software Freedom Law Center) wrote a post of his own about the same subject. His take: GPL violations are common, everyday things — and as such should be handled with cool, calm, and collected heads.

Because GPL problems happen all the time, it’s best to handle them like parking infractions rather than grand theft auto. Assume negligence rather than malice; don’t immediately go public; talk to the right people…

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