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More FSF hypocrisy

From: Rjack
Subject: More FSF hypocrisy
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 08:48:37 -0400
User-agent: Thunderbird (Windows/20090302)

The Free Software Foundation is asking for permission to file an
amicus brief in the current case of Sony v. Tenenbaum in the federal
District Court of Massachusetts:

"We are submitting this brief to bring to the Court's attention some
of the growing body of authority suggesting that the State Farm/Gore
due process test applicable to punitive damage awards is likewise
applicable to statutory damages, and in particular bars the
suggestion that each infringement of an MP3 file having a retail
value of 99 cents or less may be punishable by  statutory damages of
from $750 to $150,000 -- or from 2,100 to 425,000 times the actual

The FSF thinks 2,100 - 425,000 times actual dahages is excessive!

Well. . . Huh?

In the current suit Free Software Foundation Inc. v. Cisco Systems
Inc. the FSF is asking for monetary damages:

"(2) That the Court order Defendant to pay Plaintiff’s actual and
consequential damages incurred, in an amount to be determined at
trial or, in the alternative, statutory damages as set forth in 17
U.S.C. § 504(c);"

Now, the GPL has a requirement that all works be licensed at no

"b) You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in
whole or in part contains or is derived from the Program or any part
thereof, to be licensed as a whole at no charge to all third parties
under the terms of this License."

Since the limit as x-> 0 of 1.00/x approaches infinity, awarding
monetary damages of even one dollar is more than trillions of times
actual economic losses.

In filing its amicus brief, the Free Software Foundation is not
seeking due process fairness. It is simply blathering its standard
hypocritical socialist propaganda.

Rjack :)

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