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Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code

From: Martin Dickopp
Subject: Re: The worst that can happen to GPLed code
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 19:12:53 +0200
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Stefaan A Eeckels <> writes:

> If the RIAA can call copying a CD piracy,

"Piracy" is pretty harmless propaganda, IMHO.  Here in Germany, the
local equivalent of the MPAA shows a movie ad which purports the notion
that it is ethically desirable to have copyright infringers exposed to

> I guess I can call this simply "theft".

Much as I disagree with Alexander's legal theories, I don't agree that
such propaganda should be reacted to with equally incorrect counter-
propaganda.  In my view, what Alexander proposes is clearly copyright
infringement, and the fact that he primarily tries to hurt a volunteer
organization like the FSF makes it all the worse.  But I wouldn't call
it "theft".


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