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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18 2020, @11:54AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18 2020, @11:54AM (#959495)

    uhh, i don't think they modified the goddamn GPL when they distribute their modified kernel to their customers. lol.

    You are an idiot.
    The GPL forbids adding additional restrictive terms between the licensee and whomever he distributes the GPL'd program to.
    It is not merely "you can't pen in additional terms on this piece of paper, lolZZZZ"
    It is: You may not add any additional terms at all between you and the recipient, weather they are on this piece of paper, or spoken, or on another piece of paper, or simply understood.

    Do you understand, fucking retard?