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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday February 16 2020, @02:22PM   Printer-friendly
from the no-way-out dept.

The head of security firm Open Source Security, Brad Spengler, says he had little option but to file a lawsuit against open source advocate Bruce Perens, who alleged back in 2017 that security patches issued for the Linux kernel by OSS violated the licence under which the kernel is distributed.

The case ended last week with Perens coming out on the right side of things; after some back and forth, a court doubled down on its earlier decision that OSS must pay Perens' legal costs as awarded in June 2018.

The remainder of the article is an interview with Brad Spengler about the case and the issue.

iTWire contacted Spengler soon after the case ended, as he had promised to speak at length about the issue once all legal issues were done and dusted. Queries submitted by iTWire along with Spengler's answers in full are given below:

Court Orders Payment of $259,900.50 to Bruce Perens' Attorneys

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday February 17 2020, @05:48AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 17 2020, @05:48AM (#959045) Homepage Journal

    He is free to continue to distribute patches without the source and simply revoke the license of anyone who asks for the source. Since they no longer have a valid license,?they have no grounds for claiming a GPL license violation.

    That's some stupid shit right there. You have unwittingly allowed people to revoke licenses for all sorts of stupid-assed reasons. Remember the upskirt assholes, who could have revoked any license of any female who complained about their sexist attitudes? Or, how about a bunch of racist assholes, who can revoke your license for being the wrong complexion?

    Asking for the source is most definitely NOT grounds for revoking a license when GPL is involved. Not even with BSD licensing would that be so. Complete and utter nonsense.

    There is a supply side shortage of pronouns. You will take whatever you are offered.
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