Kernel contributions from organisations and individual privacy

Ruben Safir ruben at
Thu Jun 11 19:55:12 EDT 2015

On 06/11/2015 07:37 PM, Rik van Riel wrote:
> On 06/11/2015 07:26 PM, Ruben Safir wrote:
>> Not at all.  You have a good point there are definitely legal situations
>> other than relicensing which are problematic.
>> Lets say Apple decides that are going to take the Linux Kernel and
>> alter it extensively, in order for it to work with a new hardware platform 
>> that they created. And lets say don't return the code base to the public.  
>> Now who is going to protect the license and sue them?  You have literaly 
>> thousands of partiticpants who have standing now in this case.
> That means a thousand possible plaintiffs.
> s/Apple/VMware/ and you get this:
> A number of GPL enforcement projects involving the Linux kernel
> have resulted in GPL compliance already.

yeah, I've been following this is an interesting case but not
exacly on point.  First of all the case is in Germany and their rules of
standing are different.

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