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[DotGNU]Re: Open Content Network: Free Software P2P

From: Seth Johnson
Subject: [DotGNU]Re: Open Content Network: Free Software P2P
Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 07:34:24 -0400

Good point!   :-)

(Forwarded from DotGNU Developers list,
address@hidden -- Seth)

Barry Fitzgerald wrote:
> Seth Johnson wrote:
> >
> > Not sure whether this is free software, actually.  Couldn't
> > find the terms on web site.
> >
> If they're smart, they'll Free the code and put it under
> the GNU GPL.
> Not doing so (aka becoming a singular point of
> distribution for their software) makes them a perfect
> target for the MPAA/RIAA.
> Think about it, sue the company -- forcing them to recall
> all of their licenses as part of the remediation.  Then
> anyone who even has the software is doing so illegally.
> Putting the software under the GNU GPL (or, really, any
> Free Software license) may not take their names out of it
> but it would reduce the chances of their being sued for
> this because the effectiveness of suing them would be
> considerably (majorly) diminished.
> What I'm getting at is that people seem to think that
> just being a non-centralized p2p solution is enough.
> It's not.  It has to be Free Software as well in order to
> effectively meet their goals.
>         -Barry


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