Compare And Contrast: How GPL Enforces Violations vs. How RIAA/MPAA/BSA Enforce Violations

from the it's-a-bit-different dept

While we've discussed how extreme views in the open source community can, at times, rival the way the entertainment industry acts towards those who violate licenses, reader Nick Coghlan writes in to point to an article that highlights how different they are in many cases, with Bradley Kuhn, the technical director of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), putting forth new guidelines that encourage people not to jump to conclusions when they see potential violations, and to give the benefit of the doubt to anyone they suspect of violating the license. Compare that to the tens of thousands of threat letters sent out by the RIAA, at times with little real evidence.
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Filed Under: copyright, enforcement, gpl, licenses, violations
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  1. icon
    Derek Reed (profile), 10 Nov 2009 @ 5:51pm

    Re: Re: Re: Freeloaders: Software vs Art

    I make widget Y (say something that allows for a nice little image uploader using flash)
    • Big company Z rolls along and starts using widget Y in their site.
    • Others developers using company Z's site say, "hey, maybe we don't need to use a crappy upload button anymore, what else is out there" (Other users using company Z's site may just say, damn, that was easier)
    • I may or may not notice that facebook is using my widget Y. If I do, I note as such as my site and increase my viability.
    • If I don't, it still increases the number of people interested in said topic of widgets, and promotes said widgets as a whole, of which I am a part.

    I suck at examples because I can only think about myself, but don't similar lines of logic apply for other sorts of software. If your software does something well, and others use it, doesn't it promote interest in that type of software? And if you do get credit, doesn't it promote interest in you?


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