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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 21:13:42 -0500

"Rahul Dhesi" <> wrote in message news:gnq41q$srv$
"amicus_curious" <> writes:

Well that subject line was long ago.  What I am saying is the the SFLC and
its client BusyBox are just wasting the world's time.  Perhaps they have a
legal right to do that, but it is still nonsense and at the end of the day
they will be remembered as being egotistical fools who just wasted the
people's time.

A lot of time is often wasted any time somebody disrespects somebody
else's copyright. Litigation is usually costly.

The companies misappropriating GPL software are thus causing a lot of
time and effort to be expended.  If they respected the copyrights of
software authors, all of this discussion would be unnecesary.

Or if the authors weren't such egomaniacs, they could just ignore the situation and be happy that someone else thought enough of their creation to use it themselves.

I don't know if you have any influence over any of the companies that so
often misappropriate GPL software. If you do, you should do your best to
discourage them. If they do use GPL software, the least they can do --
it takes almost zero effort -- is to include a copy of the GPL with the
software. Including a copy of the license will be a signal that they are
not trying to deliberately hide their own wrong-doing.
Our company has a strict rule that we are not allowed to use anything that is connected to the GPL. The MIT license is OK though.

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