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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: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 17:39:24 -0500

"Rahul Dhesi" <> wrote in message news:gnpj2u$7q3$
"amicus_curious" <> writes:

Look at the SFLC website for a complete list. Typically, some company, for
example Monsoon, uses stock FOSS stuff in their product, which is what the
FOSS folk seem to want them to do...

Typically these example companies are misappropriating copyrighted
software.  If takes negligible effort to include a copy of the GPL with
their software distributions. If they don't, this is clearly an attempt
to hide their wrong-doing.
I don't agree with that. The FOSS value proposition is that if you use it, fine, and if you modify it and distribute it you must disclose your modifications. That is not as fine, but the targets of the SFLC did not modify BusyBox at all. They simply used it, overlooking the notion that they had to mirror the source for it. Since they got it for free so easily, it is easy to see how they could assume that they didn't really need to bother with the details. It isn't like anything was hidden.

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