[OSGeo-Discuss] Lidar News magazine false statements on (L)GPL (Was [OSGeo-Standards] REPORT: my OGC membership slot)
sunburned.surveyor at gmail.com
Thu Nov 26 22:39:10 PST 2015
Did we ever hear back from the guys at LIDAR Magazine about publishing a
On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 2:52 AM, Jo Cook <jocook at astuntechnology.com> wrote:
> I think this is something that we at OSGeo should definitely respond to.
> Perhaps we could contact the magazine and explain that there were some
> factual errors in the article, and ask for a chance to respond?
> On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 10:38 AM, Johan Van de Wauw <
> johan.vandewauw at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 6:31 PM, Martin Isenburg
>> <martin.isenburg at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Another curious thing is that I (and the open source license LGPL) was
>> > attacked vehemently in a recent column called "Open Source Mania" by
>> > Graham that was published in the LiDAR News magazine. Viewer discretion
>> > advised and parental guidance suggested ... you will not like this FUD
>> > attack:
>> I read the article and there are a lot of statements there which are
>> " if you touch a piece of GPL code with the nine foot pole of
>> launching it with a Python script, that script must now be GPLed"
>> not true
>> "Suppose you have developed some very, very clever algorithm on which
>> you and your university have applied for a patent. If you have coded
>> your algorithm and used any GPL whatsoever, you just GPLed your
>> patent. The patent rights effectively transfer to the Open Software
>> Foundation for free distribution."
>> Completely untrue. The Open Software Foundation does not exist. You
>> don't transfer patent rights at all. A well known counter-example is
>> the algortihm for MP3, where the code (lame) was released under LGPL.
>> I think as OSGeo we should reply to the statements, this is an attack
>> on our community. Perhaps we can ask someone from the Free Software
>> Foundation Europe to help write a response?
>> Kind Regards,
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>> Discuss at lists.osgeo.org
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