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Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 12:55:15 -0500
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Rjack wrote:
Hyping the GPL with obviously frivolous lawsuits isn't winning
> any new converts to "Free Software".

In every such case, the source code has been made available under
terms of the GPL. The only even marginally questionable case has
been the Verizon one, and in that case the manufacturer of the
routers has an extremely prominent GPL page.

An argument that the lawsuits are frivolous is frivolous when the
result of each suit is what the plaintiffs want.

All the defendants were already "converts" to free software, and
none of them stopped using it despite the lawsuits. The point of
view of the FSF is that free software guarantees users the four
freedoms. There is no use at all in gaining "converts" who do not
act to insure that their users have the four freedoms.

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