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Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar

From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 18:50:19 -0500

"Hyman Rosen" <> wrote in message news:XLjnl.11049$_U5.10850@newsfe20.iad...
amicus_curious wrote:
Of course its the routers themselves. That's what the SDLC sued them over, namely disributing the routers without providing the GPL source. The SDLC seems to have come to the conclusion that they were not going to win and that it was going to cost them legal fees and prestige.

If Verizon is buying the routers from Actiontec, it may distribute
them without complying with the GPL. Perhaps that is why the SFLC
is satisfied with Actiontec making the GPLed sources available.

Do you suggest that is being compliant with the GPL?

You are being far too kind to the SDLC. They had been conducting barratry against honest users of the Busybox utilities and embedded Linux. A parade of successes against one-trick pony companies apparently made them forget the basic laws and they tried the trick on Verizon and were soon shown the error of their ways. They 180'd out of the problem ASAP.

Honest people who copy and distribute GPLed code must comply with the
GPL and make source available. Despite your name-calling against the
SFLC, in each and every case they have filed the sources were made
available by the defendants or their agents.

The source was always available. Actiontec uses source obtained directly from the BusyBox site, so why should they have to re-publish it? Verizon get source directly from Actiontec and they don't have to re-publish it. You are talking out of both sides of your mouth. Face the facts. The GPL could not be defended in this case and cannot be defended in general in regard to the re-publishing of unmodified source. That is the only thing that the SDLC ever tried to litigate and as soon as they came up against a real corporation, they had to surrender. Their posturing is near an end, I think.

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