Firefox Undermines UK Anti-Piracy Laws With All That Giving Stuff Away
from the who's-the-expert dept
An employee from the Mozilla Foundation got a strange email (via Slashdot) from somebody in the UK government that enforces copyrights, saying she'd confiscated a bunch of CDs containing Firefox that companies were selling. The Mozilla employee responded, saying that was well within the software's license, and that the CDs should be returned. The woman responded in disbelief, adding "If Mozilla permit the sale of copied versions of its software, it makes it virtually impossible for us, from a practical point of view, to enforce UK anti-piracy legislation, as it is difficult for us to give general advice to businesses over what is/is not permitted." It's unclear exactly what role the Mozilla Foundation plays in enforcing the UK's anti-piracy laws, or exactly why they shouldn't be allowed to license their software however they want, just to make things easier for some civil servants. If nothing else, it merely indicates how deeply ingrained people's preconceived notions about software "piracy" are. And it's disappointing that a government officer whose job it is to enforce copyrights can't seem to get their head around the idea that there is another way to license software than how most entrenched developers and companies handle it.