[Fsfe-ie] IPRED2 draft 0.4

Ian Clarke ian at locut.us
Mon Aug 29 13:12:20 CEST 2005

On 26 Aug 2005, at 21:00, Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
> As with the issue of software patents, the USA provides us with
> excellent evidence of the danger as similar legislation was enacted
> there a number of years ago.  There, a failing company called SCO has
> accused IBM of violating their copyrights by mixing some SCO-owned
> software code into the kernel of the GNU/Linux operating system.  SCO
> claims that all users of GNU/Linux have to pay them licensing fees.

Have we really explained why the "similar legislation" is directly  
responsible for the SCO debacle?  Couldn't that have happened  
anyway?  What is the "similar legislation" in the US anyway? (not the  
DMCA I assume, that was duplicated in EU law with the EUCD).


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