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Re: [RESEARCH NEWS] Standford study explains pro-GPL radicals


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: [RESEARCH NEWS] Standford study explains pro-GPL radicals
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:14:06 +0200
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Copy of this letter sent to the author of the original article (which
had a completely different title and focus, namely being about the
acceptance of alcohol policies in student dorms).

This gross misattribution was posted in several Usenet groups as
Message-ID: <address@hidden>.

Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> writes:

> ----- 
> In general, students who were the most pro-GPL were the 
> most likely to say they wanted to express their views, 
> compared to those with moderate or anti-GPL views. 

[...]

> “You have a cycle that feeds on itself: the more you hear 
> these extremists expressing their opinions, the more you 
> are going to believe that those extreme beliefs are normal 
> for your community.” 
> ----- 
>
> The above is sorta unauthorized derivative work of 
>
> http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/majopinion.htm
>
> (Fair use and all that.)

In short, the above is complete hogwash that you fabricated yourself by
taking an actual study that had nothing whatsoever to do with the GPL,
then insert "GPL" and stuff everywhere wihle keeping the sentence
structure, pass it off as though it had actually be done by Stanford in
this context, and put headlines like the subject line in it where you
use words like "pro-GPL radicals".

You certainly know that "fair use" does not, I repeat, _not_ entail
passing off a fabrication of yours as that of somebody else.  In
particular not when you misrepresent their study and work, and
completely change its content and focus.

-- 
David Kastrup


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