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Re: Tom Tom and Microsofts Linux patent lock-down ..


From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: Tom Tom and Microsofts Linux patent lock-down ..
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 10:49:29 -0400


"Hyman Rosen" <address@hidden> wrote in message news:address@hidden
amicus_curious wrote:

> Well at least we can define the FSF and SFLC as stupid. That is a > beginning.

No, not the FSF and the SFLC. You.

Well, then the FSF is just misinformed about their strategy. They once said, in regard to the Verizon case:

"But Ravicher claimed that both Actiontec and Verizon have to adhere to the requirements of the GPL as distributors of BusyBox.

"When Actiontec distributes to Verizon, Actiontec has obligations," he said. "When Verizon turns around and redistributes to customers, Verizon has obligations. Even if Actiontec fulfills its obligations when it distributes to Verizon, that does not fulfill Verizon's obligations when it distributes to its customers.""

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=development&articleId=9051799&taxonomyId=11&intsrc=kc_top

Now Actiontec is indeed publishing the GPL source, but they were never sued either. OTOH, Verizon is not publishing anything, not even a mention of the GPL as existing, and totally thumbed their noses at the SFLC. Now they enjoy total immunity due to the original action being dismissed with prejudice. All achieved by not firing a single shot. Apparently Verizon no longer has any obligations.

And you call that a success? Who are you trying to kid? Yourself? Certainly no one else.


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