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Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Use of GPL'd code with proprietary programs
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 23:32:16 +0200

Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:
> > WIPO invented a term for that in the 80s: piracy.

It was invented long before WIPO.

The OED gives examples of usage 4 dating back as far at 1668.  Here's
one from "The Tatler":

 1709 Steele & Addison Tatler No. 101 P 1 "These Miscreants are
 a Set of Wretches we Authors call Pirates, who print any Book,
 as soon as it appears..., in a smaller Volume, and sell it (as
 all other Thieves do stolen Goods) at a cheaper Rate.

There is even a quote from Daniel Defoe, the author of, in addition 
to "Robinson Crusoe", "A General History of the Pyrates":

 1701 "True-born Eng." Explan. pref. (1703) 6 "Its being Printed 
 again and again by Pyrates."

See also <>
(it was also a funny thread... like this one ;-) ).


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