The judgement judgement finally provided the on-record, legal precedent that the GPL is valid and legally binding, and that it will stand up in German court.
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Stallman has argued that free software should not place restrictions on commercial use, and the GPL explicitly states that GPL works may be sold at any price.
The GNU General Public License ( GNU GPL or simply GPL ) is a widely used free software license, originally written by Richard Stallman for the GNU project.
Prominent free software programs licensed under the GPL include the Linux kernel and the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC).
The text of the GPL is itself copyrighted, and the copyright is held by the Free Software Foundation (FSF).
In May of 2005 2005 2005, Daniel Wallace filed suit against the Free Software Foundation (FSF) in the Southern District of Indiana, contending that the GPL is an illegal attempt to fix prices at zero.
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Being free software, LimeWire has spawned several forks, including LionShare, an experimental software development project at Penn State University, and Acquisition Acquisition, a Mac OS X "based Gnutella client with a proprietary interface. Researchers at Cornell University developed a reputation management add-in called Credence that allows users to distinguish between "genuine" and "suspect" files before downloading them.
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By some measures, the GPL is the single most popular license for free and open source software. As of April 2004, the GPL accounted for nearly 75% of the 23,479 free-software projects listed on Freshmeat, and about 68% of the projects listed on SourceForge. (These sites are owned by OSTG, a company that advocates Linux Linux and the GPL.)
Template:Future Template:Wikinews As of 2006, version 3 of the GPL (GPLv3) is being written by Richard Stallman, with legal counsel from Eben Moglen and Software Freedom Law Center. 
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Amongst others, independent software consultant Ted Roche has noted that dual-licensing is becoming more common. This is where software licensed under the GPL can be made available under a proprietary software proprietary software license for a fee, allowing others to create derived works without licensing them under the GPL. Charging money is not allowed The GPL expressly permits one to sell copies of GPL-covered works sell copies of GPL-covered works
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If the GPL were not agreed upon by the parties, defendant would notwithstanding lack the necessary rights to copy, distribute, and make the software 'netfilter/iptables' publicly available. This ruling was important because it was the first time that a court had confirmed that violating terms of the GPL was an act of copyright violation.
Many have strongly advocated that open source software developers use only GPL-compatible licenses, because doing otherwise makes it difficult to reuse software in larger wholes.
Comments are collected from the public via a web portal gplv3.fsf.org gplv3.fsf.org
. That portal runs purpose written software called stet.
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The suit was dismissed in March 2006, on the grounds that Wallace had failed to state a valid anti-trust claim; the court noted that "the GPL encourages, rather than discourages, free competition and the distribution of computer operating systems, the benefits of which directly pass to consumers." Wallace was denied the possibility of further amending his complaint, and was ordered to pay the FSF's legal expenses.
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