Originally posted by Paul Parr
Whats to stop M$ from stealing code from the Linux community's open source material and re-engineering it, putting it into their products, encrypting it, under their closed-source copyright protection? I mean at the same time M$ can't sue a Linux body for infrignment, Linux has no one to sue M$ for the same violations, right?
I don't know for sure, but considering all the allegations that m$ has done just what you say, with proprietary *closed* technology, it seems rather possible (probable?) that they would do at least as much with open software.
maybe there are grounds, using the GPL and the source distribution requirements - problem is you'd need legal action to get ahold of the code, and then examine it - and who has the $$ to fight m$ lawyers? nobody connected with the GPL, for sure. the government has the resources, but m$ has gotten a free pass from the bush admin.