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[humorix] The GPL Is Not Y2K-Compliant!

The GPL Is Not Y2K-Compliant!
June 25, 1999

BOSTON, MA -- Panic ensued earlier today at GNU Project
Headquarters when it was discovered that the GNU General
Public License (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.txt) is not
ready for the year 2000. Thankfully, the panic quickly
subsided when RMS posted an emergency diff file to Usenet
that patches the GPL to eliminate the problem.

The non-Y2K compliant material appears on lines 295 and 316
of version 2.0 of the GPL. Both lines contain the text,
"Copyright (C) 19yy <name of author>", a classic example of
unpreparedness for the year 2000.

Microsoft was quick to respond to the news, saying in a
rushed press release, "At least our license agreements
don't contain any Y2K issues."  The GNU Project immediately
countered Microsoft's statement with a press release that
said simply, "Whatever".


James S. Baughn

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