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Re: More FSF hypocrisy

From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: More FSF hypocrisy
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 10:40:18 -0400

"Hyman Rosen" <> wrote in message news:6XMxl.73540$Tp5.8326@newsfe13.iad...
amicus_curious wrote:
It is sort of cutting their own throat, though. If something has no commercial value, being free as in beer, any case asking for monetary damages for violating its copyright could simply result in a summary judgement for zero compensation.

The infringers would still be enjoined from creating further copies,
which would be fine from a GPL enforcement point of view. I think the
FSF might consider the loss of monetary damages for themselves to be
a fair trade.

Maybe, maybe not. Once the free software is deemed to not cause any harm due to copying, the balance of harms points the other way. The user who violates the copyright is harmed by having his business closed down, whereas the copyright holder is not harmed by having the user stay in business. That argues against any injunction.

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