FSF: Judge won’t dismiss alleged GPL violation: Why this matters

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Last month LWN pointed to an article about
the Artifex v. Hancom case, in which Hancom used Atifex’s Ghostscript in
its office product. The Free Software Foundation looks at the case
and the recent ruling. “On the latter, the judge found that the
business model of Artifex indicated a loss of revenue, but also noted that
harm could be found
even where money isn’t involved. The judge, quoting a prior case,
noted that there are “substantial benefits, including economic
benefits, to the creation and distribution of copyrighted works under
public licenses that range far beyond traditional license royalties.”
While not dispostive, this last note is particularly interesting for
many free software developers, who generally share their work at no
cost.