Subject: Re: Down with the GPL!
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 17:19:41 +0900

DV Henkel-Wallace wrote:

    >> I asked our law firm for their standard employee
    >> confidentiality and assignment agreement for our company to
    >> use.  They are a large, well-respected form used by many many
    >> startups and big companies.  It contained the following
    >> fascinating sentence:

    >> "I agree that I will not incorporate into any Company software
    >> or otherwise deliver to Company any software code licensed
    >> under the GNU GPL or LGPL or any other license that, by its
    >> terms, requires or conditions the use or distribution of such
    >> code on the disclosure, licensing, or distribution of any
    >> source code owned or licensed by Company. "

    >> I had this changed this to say words to the effect that I (nor
    >> any the other employee) would not incorporate third-party
    >> software that might in any way affect our ability to
    >> redistribute (or not) any software without permission of a
    >> company officer.  Note that the latter restricts the use of
    >> Visual C++, c# etc as well!

Did you have any luck getting that across to your law firm as
something they might want to change in the boilerplate?

    >> I am astonished to find the text in a standard document.  Grr.
    >> -g

Large, well-respected firms make large, well-respected mistakes.  All
this proves is that FUD works, even on smart people.

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