[linux-elitists] Bizarre press release of the day
Sat Nov 22 03:47:11 PST 2003
On Fri, Nov 21, 2003 at 06:05:45PM -0800, Adam Kessel wrote:
> I didn't mean to imply that this was particular only to Free Software,
> however, I do think it's at least marginally easier for inadvertent
> infringement to occur with Free Software because:
> - source code is more readily available and modifiable
We must fix that immediately. Source code availability
is the Achilles heel of open source.
> - confusion among the various meanings of Free.
> - I'm not saying that this confusion *should* exist, or that companies
> have any less of a duty to monitor for compliance with Free licenses
> vs. non-free, only that as a matter of practice, this confusion
> exists, and it may thus be more likely for this sort of infringement
> to occur
At the funny little farm where I work, and which is starting to use free
software (relunctantly, because I've been talking to them about it for 3
years; but mostly now because IBM & his dog are doing it, and the city they
live in adopted GNU/Linux for its municipal infrastructure) it is quite
easy: you just ask people. I had no idea you were free to use a binary,
but had to opensource your code if linked to a static library version of
it. (Oh, and they still think Open Source sucks ass, especially gcc).
We asked. So can anybody: they do have the frigging email in their
coprophagate environment, right?
> - perhaps an erroneous belief on the part of companies that there is no
> entity around to enforce free software licenses. This is, of course,
How is anybody ever to find out? Difficult to hide a remotely
triggerable easter egg in code running on a server somewhere.
Disgruntled employees, maybe. Shipped packages are different,
but you can still link them statically, and no one will be the
> true to the limited extent that there is more money behind proprietary
> software companies at the time being, and thus they can put more
> resources into monitoring and enforcing copyright.
If company A is in violation of package Z, their competitor C
would probably be interested in them publicly humiliated,
and a bit bled. It's a dog eat dog world, purportedly.
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