February 9, 2001

Loophole in the GPL?

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes "The following is a possible way that an unscrupulous company can bypass the restrictions of the general public license (GPL). I'd love to hear from anyone that can find a flaw in the argument. Let's assume that Acme software takes a GPL Neural Network program and starts working on a modified, improved version. Acme intends to make money from its software. Next, new employees of Acme are asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) preventing them from discussing the new program or, in particular, publishing, redistributing or releasing the work before the company's embargo release date. Then ..."
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