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Re: US court says software is owned, not licensed

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: US court says software is owned, not licensed
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 18:14:35 +0000 (UTC)
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In gnu.misc.discuss amicus_curious <> wrote:

> "David Kastrup" <> wrote in message 
> 87ws326l79.fsf@lola.goethe.zz">news:87ws326l79.fsf@lola.goethe.zz...
>> "amicus_curious" <> writes:

>>> "David Kastrup" <> wrote in message
>>> 87skdr9gsd.fsf@lola.goethe.zz">news:87skdr9gsd.fsf@lola.goethe.zz...

>>>> Now I would not put it past you to try to set up a business centered
>>>> around this purportive loophole.  But nobody in his right mind would
>>>> care to do important business with you anyway.  You come across as
>>>> far too willing to take unnecessary risks.  Your compulsive desire to
>>>> prove yourself clever and the rest of the world stupid is simply too
>>>> dangerous in a business partner.

>>> Very few have ever succeeded in any business centered around open
>>> source software.

>> More than those in any business centered against open source software.
>> Most of the openings against open source software appear to be in Usenet
>> trolling.  The former is a billion dollar market.  The latter does not
>> appear to feed more than a handful of people.  And they occupy
>> identities like busy Potemkin villagers.

> What use do you anticipate for pulling something that stupid out of thin 
> air?  You folk seem to think that a mere sneer is an adequate response to 
> anything that you cannot answer otherwise.  That is why you are still in 
> last place. 

Well, what a comparison!  I wonder who would come top in a "get a life"
poll - There're people like David, who write and maintain useful free
software.  Then there're people like you, who spend their time and energy
beavering away through legal reports searching for something which can be
twisted to attack the GPL, or just posting general disparagement about
free software.

Tell me, curious friend, do you actually do anything positive and
constructive in your free time?  Something which makes the world a better

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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