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Re: Free software, free speech, human dignity

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Free software, free speech, human dignity
Date: Thu, 03 Jul 2008 20:15:51 +0200
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John Hasler <> writes:

> Andreas Röhler writes:
>> Now imagine someone loses his case accused of GPL-violation and can't pay
>> the court's fees or indemnities. That's fairly possible as his business,
>> missing GPLed software then, might go bankrupt same time. Do you image a
>> court, who sends a mother to prison for 10 or 20 Euro, will hesitate to
>> send him for serveral thousand?
> In the US inability to pay a debt can never result in imprisonment.  I
> doubt that it can in Germany.

You have to declare personal bankruptcy which requires giving all your
personal financial details to the respective court and swearing that you
have nothing else.  It's not actually fun, I guess.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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