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Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 09:09:42 -0400
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Alexander Terekhov wrote:
That PDF is dated May 14, 2008.
> Interestingly enough it predates June 25, 2008:

Legal time is the very opposite of internet time.
Delays and postponements of months at a time are
routine. It should come as no surprise that actions
by plaintiffs and defendants can cross each other,
so that an action demanded by one in a filing has
already been carried out by the other prior to the

Not only that, it is appropriate that distributors
who have been distributing illegally should be forced
to pay some monetary damages, even if only legal costs
of the other side. Otherwise, there is no penalty for
distributing illegally up to the moment you are caught,
and that would encourage non-compliance. The BSA works
the same way - when you are caught using commercial
software for which you did not pay, you have to pay for
it and pay a fine. Otherwise many people would choose
to use illegal copies because it would always be
profitable to do so.

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