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Re: possible DLL license violations

On Fri, Apr 22, 2005 at 05:58:24PM -0700, David Rothenberger wrote:
>On 4/22/2005 10:56 AM, David Rothenberger wrote:
>>On 4/22/2005 8:52 AM, David Rothenberger wrote:
>>>I ran across a tool called "Trader's Little Helper" at [url removed
>>>because it trips the cygwin spam filter] that includes the
>>>cygwin1.dll, but doesn't provide source code. Even worse, it puts
>>>cygwin1.dll in C:\WINDOWS!
>>I succeeded in contacting the author of this tool this morning and I 
>>informed him of the problems and directed him to the cygwin site for 
>>more information. I didn't attempt to contact any of the authors of the 
>>other packages.
>The author of Trader's Little Helper responded to me. He basically said 
>the following:
>1. He doesn't think shorten or shntool are violating the GPL because 
>they have been around for years.
>2. He doesn't think he's violating the GPL because he's not linking to 
>the cygwin DLL nor modifying it.
>IANAL, but I think that his second point is correct. I still think 
>shorten and shntool are violating the GPL because they *are* linking to 
>the DLL; it doesn't really matter that it hasn't been caught for years - 
>there is no statue of limitations in the GPL.

"I have been embezzling from the company for years and no one ever said
anything so, too bad."


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