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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: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 15:11:58 -0500

"Hyman Rosen" <> wrote in message news:hFCnl.31268$6r1.20580@newsfe19.iad...
amicus_curious wrote:
 This is the kind of nonsense that gives FOSS a bad name.

But free software has a very good reputation, not a bad one.
It is copyright violation that has the bad name.

Well, consider, the Verizon case. They were buying a router from Actiontec and reselling it as part of their service offerings to individual and corporate communications customers. All of a sudden, the SDLC files a lawsuit against them for not giving out the source code for something that they probably had no knowledge about. All they were doing is re-selling routers.

No one wants to have to bother with that. There is absolutely no benefit to anyone for having Verizon put some obscure crap on their website. It is just an ego thing for the whackos that piddle around with busybox. But Verizon and its stockholders and even its customers suffer a bit from the crazy antics of the SDLC. That gives FOSS a bad name. Who wants to use stuff like that and risk getting bitten by the looney tunes that think software is some kind of religious experience?

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