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Re: US court says software is owned, not licensed

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: US court says software is owned, not licensed
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 15:50:32 +0200
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Rjack <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
>>> He made the rather audacious and totally unsupported statement
>>> that the "GPL software market is worth billions by now" and he
>>> ducks and runs from the challenge that his notion is simply
>>> false.
>> Huh?  There was no challenge.  If there had been, it would have
>> been easy to counter.  RedHat's market capitalization is
>> 5.29billion at the moment, their main product is RedHat Linux and
>> an estimated 80% (including the kernel) of any Linux distribution
>> is under the GPL.
> The statement concerned the "GPL software" market (i.e. proprietary
> vs. non-proprietary) software. It is a category mistake to conflate
> "software" market with "software services" market.

Huh?  Since when?  It would appear you are redefining "software market"
as "licensing fee collection market" in order to carry your argument.
But that's just stupid.  Licensing fee collection is not even part of a
software engineer's job description.

David Kastrup

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