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[Fsfe-france] Les robots de la BSA pètent les plombs ;-)

From: pplf
Subject: [Fsfe-france] Les robots de la BSA pètent les plombs ;-)
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 15:50:34 +0100
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L'info est passée sur Slashdot...

Si c'est "Office", c'est Microsoft, pensent les robots de la BSA quand ils voient sur un FTP un fichier nommé "OpenOffice.org-1.0.1-9mdk.src.rpm"... ;-)))



Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 23:04:42 -0800
From: Louis Suarez-Potts <address@hidden>
Content-type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"
Subject: [distro-dev] Re: [webmasters] Re: Fw: [NOC] Case ID 588853 - Notice of Claimed

We received this message from Christian Schild of Muenster. I immediately
contacted the BSA and clarified the situation; they apologized for the
Dear Mrs. Suarez-Potts,

I apologize for the obvious mistake I made.
Apparently our system detects the OpenOffice files as MS Office programs and
alarms me, which in turn sends the notices. I failed my part by not
reassuring clearly enough which property was infringed and now that I am
aware of that fact we will try and fix the search terms of our system and of
course be more aware of the possible mistake.

Thank you very much for your e-mail.


Corinna Beck


I would like to know if others on this list have experienced anything
similar. If you have, please let me know so we can more aggressively act on
this--eg, publicize the misunderstandings.


on 2/26/03 11:47 PM, Christian Schild at address@hidden wrote:

> Dear ladies and gentlemen,
> as I don't know a better email contact, I'm writing this to you. If you are > not a good contact for belows issues, please reply or forward accordingly.
> We just got accused by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) of offering piracy
> software, namely OpenOffice-1.0.1.
> We (University of Muenster, Germany) run an IPv6-FTP-Server that mirrors a lot
> of stuff, including the Mandrake linux distribution. Part of this
> distribution are the two 'offending' rpm-files below.
> Is the BSA serious? As far as I know, OpenOffice has a GPL and is free for
> usage _and_ free for download. So I basically don't understand what BSA's
> accusations are based on. If you look closer to the mail below, my best guess > is, that BSA scripts ran amok and detected OpenOffice as MS-Office, because > it contains the string "Office". Has Microsoft a copyright for "Office" now?
> Generally I would have leaned back and said 'Nice joke, adjust your scripts',
> but as we are accused officially, I'm doing some research before I reply.
> Anyway, I think it's also important for you OpenOffice-Guys to know, that
> obviously someone is trying to remove your product from FTP-Servers.
> Regards,
>    Christian Schild
>> From: "Copyright Europe" <address@hidden>
>> To: "Abuse" <address@hidden>
>> Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 5:51 PM
>> Subject: [NOC] Case ID 588853 - Notice of Claimed Infringement
>> Wednesday, February 26, 2003
>> Westfaelische Wilhelms - Universitaet
>> Roentgenstr. 9-13
>> Muenster, D-48149  DE  DE
>> RE:  Unauthorized Distribution of the following copyrighted computer
>> program(s):
>> Microsoft Office
>> Dear Sir/Madam:
>> The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has determined that the connection
>> listed below, which appears to be using an Internet account under your
>> control, is operating an FTP server to offer unlicensed copies or is engaged >> in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted computer programs
>> published by the BSA's member companies.
>> Infringement Details:
>> ------------------------------
>> First Found: 24 Nov 2002 15:31:40 EST (GMT -500)
>> Last Found: 24 Feb 2003 01:19:59 EST (GMT -500)
>> IP Address:
>> IP Port: 21
>> Protocol: FTP
>> FTP Login Name: anonymous
>> FTP Login Password: address@hidden
>> What was located as infringing content:
>> ------------------------------
>> Filename: /mandrake_current/SRPMS/OpenOffice.org-1.0.1-9mdk.src.rpm
>> (199,643kb)
>> Filename:
>> /mandrake_current/i586/Mandrake/RPMS/OpenOffice.org-libs-1.0.1-9mdk.i586.rpm
>> (35,444kb)
>> The above computer program(s) is/are being made available for copying,
>> through downloading, at the above location without authorization from the
>> copyright owner(s).
>> Based upon BSA's representation of the copyright owners in anti-piracy
>> matters, we have a good faith belief that none of the materials or
>> activities listed above have been authorized by the rightholders, their
>> agents, or the law.  BSA represents that the information in this
>> notification is accurate and states, under penalty of perjury, that it is >> authorized to act in this matter on behalf of the copyright owners listed
>> above.
>> We hereby give notice of these activities to you and request that you take >> expeditious action to remove or disable access to the materials described
>> above, and thereby prevent the illegal reproduction and distribution of
>> pirated software via your company's network. As you know, illegal on-line
>> activities can result in 50 million people on the Internet accessing and
>> downloading a copyrighted product worldwide without authorization - a highly
>> damaging activity for the copyright holder.
>> We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Please advise us regarding
>> what actions you take.
>> Please include the following CaseID in any response you send: Case ID 588853
>> Yours sincerely,
>> Corinna Beck
>> Business Software Alliance
>> 1150 18th St NW Suite 700
>> Washington,DC 20036
>> http://www.bsa.org
>> E-mail: address@hidden

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