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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: 1) by khallow on Tuesday February 18 2020, @06:20PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 18 2020, @06:20PM (#959613) Journal
    Indeed, let's read the GPL 2 carefully. Arik [] did that and came up with sections 4 and 6, which override your permissive interpretation of section 3.

    you're only required to provide the GPL2ed source to people to whom you distribute the derivative work*.

    And you are also "only" required to "not impose any further restrictions on the recipients' exercise of the rights granted herein". Sorry, but OSS's gimmick of not doing business with you if you exercise the right to redistribute is a restriction and would covered by the license. They are limited by the license as to what restrictions they can impose on their customers, section 3 notwithstanding.