SarbOx and the GPL: Ordinary Risk Is Bad Enough

 
 
By LinuxDevices.com Staff  |  Posted 2006-03-16 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BSD-based vendor Wasabi's vice president responds to an FSF reaction regarding the potential problems of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. (LinuxDevices.com)

This guest column by Wasabi Vice President and General Counsel Jay Michaelson responds to a reaction from Free Software Foundation General Counsel Eben Moglen to a Wasabi whitepaper that discussed potential interactions between Sarbanes-Oxley Act legislation and the GNU General Public License. Wasabi is best-known for BSD-based embedded operating system stacks licensed under the BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) license, a less restrictive alternative to the GNU GPL (General Public License) used by Linux.
Click here to read more about the issue of whether the GPL violates Sarbanes-Oxley Act legislation.
Unlike the GPL, the BSD license does not require modifications and enhancements to be contributed back to the community at large, a "feature" that has made the license popular in some commercial applications, while arguably limiting BSD-licensed softwares technical progress and adoption rates in comparison to Linux. A "talkback" discussion thread linked at the end of Michaelsons column offers LinuxDevices readers a chance to voice their own opinions about GPL-SarbOx interactions, and about GPL versus BSD license issues in general.
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