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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: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 19:55:44 -0500

"Peter Köhlmann" <> wrote in message news:49a1cb88$0$31337$
amicus_curious wrote:

"Rahul Dhesi" <> wrote in message
"amicus_curious" <> writes:

The CAFC has ruled that these requirements are not meaningless.
They suggested that the requirements were not meaningless to the
copyright holders who get a thrill out of seeing their name in print,
but that is meaningless to me.  I think that it speaks ill of those
egomaniacs who want to create such a ruckus just so that the world
might see how smart they are.  Pathetic.

Perhaps you haven't read what the CAFC wrote. Here is a fragment.

 Through this controlled spread of information, the copyright holder
 gains creative collaborators to the open source project; by requiring
 that changes made by downstream users be visible to the copyright
 holder and others, the copyright holder learns about the uses for his
 software and gains others' knowledge that can be used to advance
 future software releases.

Please read the whole thing -- it's online at

I have read through it previously and I don't have any problem with the
notion as a concept.  However, in the case of BusyBox, such hypothetical
benefits did not accrue to the copyright holders.  There was no
that changed the library for the authors' benefit or any user.  In the
JMRI case, the district judge found the same thing to be true.

Your severe reading comprehension problem is showing up again.
There is absolutely not requirement that the source has have to be
"changed" in any shape or form by the GPL.

The mere fact that you are distributing the software (usually the
binaries, or as firmware) requires the distributor to make the source (and
the very *same* source for the binaries) available.
Failing to do so will put the distributor at odds with copyright law

No shit, Dick Tracy.  I simply say that is silly.

Nobody can come up with "the source is not changed, hunt it down yourself"

Would you have any trouble finding it? You say you know all about this stuff and you are known to be an idiot, so the implication is that even an idiot could find the source themselves and save the few people taking advantage of FOSS the trouble of doing this meaningless repetition.

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