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Re: The SFLC dismissals should be coming soon

From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: The SFLC dismissals should be coming soon
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 08:07:00 -0500

"RJack" <> wrote in message">

Another frivolous lawsuit to which the SFLC can spin:

One can only wonder how many of these things are necessary for the FSF and SFLC and Moglen (which seem to be MOL synonymous terms). I don't think anyone is intimidated or even slightly fooled by the practice. A small state school could hit up the alumni for big bucks to build an average football team and then go schedule a bunch of weak sisters ala' Slippery Rock Teacher's College to play against so as to be able to claim a winning or even undefeated season. But the savvy observer is not going to be fooled.

These cases seem to center around some unsuspecting developer making the fatal mistake of using the BusyBox utilities for some embedded computer device and failing to pay homage to the FOSSers by posting yet another copy of the BusyBox source code somewhere. Any downstream manufacturer who trades in such a device is then pounced upon by the Moglen mob and extorted for legal fees and headlines. At the same time the FSF et al parades around suggesting that they are there to save us all from unscrupulous companies that create some desirable product and then want us to pay them to be able to use it. Depending on your view of the whole thing, they are either being clowns or are a serious cancer in the industry. I think they are just clowns desperate for recognition in some vanity fair sort of way.

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