from the copyright-law-at-work dept
And the Solicis Lex lawyers, to show they’re not messing around, cc’d the police on the letter they sent:
The said code is closed source software and our client is sole proprietor of the same. Therefore, no one can use the said code without obtaining license from our client against payment of fees and/or royalties and on commercial and legal terms acceptable to our client. Your aforementioned actions constitute a blatant violation of our client’s copyrights and other proprietary rights in the said code.
Remember: all Thejesh GN did was show the code that Airtel inserted into his browser. If Flash Network thinks that showing the code that it dumps into each of your browsing sessions is criminal copyright infringement, just about anyone who does a “view source” could be guilty. That’s a plainly ridiculous reading of the law.
On top of that, the lawyers sent a DMCA notice to GitHub, which caved in and took it down:
For those who argue that copyright is never used for censorship: explain this story.
Of course, it all seems to be backfiring in a big way. Flash may have wanted to hide what they were up to, but now it’s getting much, much, much more attention. Maybe, next time, rather than threatening whistleblowers of your bad practices with claims of criminal copyright infringement, Flash and Airtel will think more about their own crappy business practices that put users at risk.
Companies: airtel, flash network, github, solicis lex