GPL license questions
Having just asked a “legal” question, I’m told that this is actually out of scope. Thinking about it, I fail to really understand why: licensing and copyright issues are not only stuff programmers have to deal with, but failing to take these issues into consideration can have serious consequences for themselves and their company/OSS project.
I do understand that (most) SO punters are no solicitors, so answers should be taken with much precaution, and bear the usual NAL disclaimer, but with all the open source projects out there, I would think that some programmers have already had experience with dealing with legal matters and therefore are in a position to provide a satisfying answer (satisfying in that they provide leads, nobody expects actual legal advice). If not, there is a serious gap here -- and it kind of makes you wonder how many open-source projects out there are not legit...