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Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar

From: Rjack
Subject: Re: Copyright Misuse Doctrine in Apple v. Psystar
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 18:30:54 -0500
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amicus_curious wrote:

"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?

Your remarks above are an eloquent argument for the use of the BSD
copyright license for open source software. The Cult of the GPL and
"Free Software" is slowly self-destructing under their own legal
looney tunes strategy.

Rjack :)

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