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Re: Question about GPL theft


From: Rui Miguel Silva Seabra
Subject: Re: Question about GPL theft
Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 21:51:55 +0100

Seg, 2007-05-21 às 13:21 -0700, mike3 escreveu:
> On May 21, 8:11 am, "Alfred M. Szmidt" <address@hidden> wrote:
> >    > You cannot steal code, so such an analogy is without a point.
> >
> >    But you can still infringe the copyright.  That's what's being
> >    discussed.
> >
> > No, what was being discussed was _stealing_ code, and you cannot do
> > that.  If you wish to discuss copyright infrginment, then do not
> > discuss something that does not relate to it in any remote fashion.
> 
> But usually when someone says "steal the code" it usually
> means "infringe the copyright". The use of the term
> "steal" may not be correct, but it is nonetless used often
> and must be understood well in order to facilitate
> communication.

The usage of "steal" is intentional in order to create good feeling
about the "supposed" victim and bad feeling about the "supposed"
"robber".

But what is stealing? If you have a chicken, and I take your chicken,
that's stealing. You lost what you had.

If you have a computer program, and I copy it, you did not loose your
computer program, so there was absolutely no theft.

Since there's no theft, accepting this usage of "stealing" may indicate
you have a very harsh lack of English comprehension and should quickly
get tuition.

The fact that some "established interests" what you to drink the
kool-aid and accept "stealing", doesn't make it true. Any half-assed
lawyer talks about copyright infringement and not of theft, specially
when in court. If he did talk about theft, the judge would quickly
dismiss the case since there was no loss.

So you're either sheep who eat what is fed to you, or you're
independent. It's your choice.

Rui

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