Debunking General Public License (GPL) myths

GPL LogoIt’s so easy for us in the open source world to get confused about what exactly the GPL covers, and what it doesn’t. Today, IT Manager’s Journal published a great story that interviewed three key lawyers about the general myths spread through the open source community about GPL, and provide great answers to misconceptions such as:

  • The GPL is viral
  • The GPL is unenforceable
  • You can’t charge for GPL software
  • The “liberty or death” clause applies absolutely

…and more. Definitely worth a read for anyone doing open source development, especially all you third-party Joomla component providers.

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