[Discuss] curious statement on github about oshwa certiification

Matt Joyce matt at nycresistor.com
Sun Jul 3 23:27:12 UTC 2016

GPL v3 is specifically 'viral'. In so far as it infects attached / derivative code.  Different issue. I would think.

On July 3, 2016 5:44:08 PM EDT, "j. eric townsend" <jet at functionalprototype.com> wrote:
>> On Jul 3, 2016, at 01:56, Nancy Ouyang <nancy.ouyang at gmail.com>
>> Err, was more wondering about the last phrase, "the only thing that
>certification adds to a project is increased liability to civil suits,"
>which I'm sure is a very unflattering portrayal of the value that
>certification adds, unless I'm very confused.
>Two disclaimers:
>- I am not a lawyer and this is not legal opinion.
>- I worked at TiVo for 10 years (left several years ago) and had the
>previous disclaimer pounded in to my thick skull. :-)
>Based on the confusion I’ve seen with lawyers, GPL v3, and using emacs
>to write software I suspect there might be a fear (without standing?)
>that open source software + commercial hardware can somehow create an
>open source hardware product.   I have received legal instruction from
>a potential client to not use any GPL v3 software — not even emacs to
>edit text files — on their project because their fear it would make
>their product also GPL v3.  (I ended up not taking that contract.)
>That sounded a bit odd to me at the time, but Apple is cleaning v3 (and
>v2) software from each release of OS X:
>J. Eric Townsend, IDSA
>designer | engineer | fabricator
>jet at functionalprototype.com
>PGP 0x9D6F2CB8
>discuss mailing list
>discuss at lists.oshwa.org

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