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Submitted by Lord Juan
Lord Juan (1280214) writes "My eyes could not believe when I read the same old tired argument of "Copying is Stealing" we are all used to hear coming from the entertainment industry, coming from the Managing Editor of the Linux Today website. Linux and the entire Free Software ecosystem is based on the idea of Copy and Share. I wouldn't have expected that a Linux related website would take a position regarding the legality or illegality of the entertainment content, but to plainly say that "Copying is Stealing" and use the argument that "Linux and Free/Open Source software are entirely dependent on copyrights, and some FOSS fans get pretty righteous on the subject, especially for GPL violations. And yet when it comes to music, movies, and books some think the same respect for copyrights doesn't apply, and it's OK to collect copies of works without paying for them. We can hardly criticize the RIAA, MPAA, ASCAP, Sony BMG, and all the other hostile, clueless over-reaching forces of darkness without having clean hands ourselves." thus missing the point that the GPL is intended to allow the copying and sharing of the source code by using copyright law against itself, it just something that is beyond my comprehension."
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Managing editor of linuxtoday: Copying is Stealing

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  • by westlake (615356) on Saturday July 03, 2010 @04:11PM (#32787778)

    thus missing the point that the GPL is intended to allow the copying and sharing of the source code by using copyright law against itself, it just something that is beyond my comprehension."

    Copyright law carves out some "fair use exceptions" - and others may be implied.

    But, fundamentally, the owner has the exclusive right - the constitutionally protected right - to distribute his works under any terms and conditions he desires.

    "Copyleft" is simply one form of license.

    It has teeth in the U.S. because copyright in the U.S. can be enforced through both civil and criminal law - you can go to jail and stiff - statutory - fines and damages may apply.

  • I have also never heard of anyone vigorously going after individual users for millions of dollars in GPL violations. This seems kind of ridiculous.

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