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Re: SFLC chooses wrong court

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: SFLC chooses wrong court
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 21:00:17 +0200

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 01:38:58PM +0200, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> > were widely touted as proof of its efficacy.  One of these days
> > someone who is anti-GPL will find it advantageous enough to finally
> > swat that annoyance. "
> You mean, like Daniel "anti-GPL lunatic" Wallace?

No. I actually meant a defendant not willing to settle, not a plaintiff 
like Danial Wallace.

But thanks to Danial Wallace, the 7th Circuit of the United States now 
operates under the following law:

1.) [FOSS contributors can't charge] "Thus the GPL propagates from 
user to user and revision to revision: neither the original author, 
nor any creator of a revised or improved version, may charge for the 
software or allow any successor to charge. ... Linux and other 
open-source projects have been able to cover their fixed costs 
through donations of time"


2.) [FOSS is junk] "People willingly pay for quality software even
when they can get free (but imperfect) substitutes. Open Office is 
a free, open-source suite of word processor, spreadsheet and 
presentation software, but the proprietary Microsoft Office has 
many more users. Gimp is a free, open-source image editor, but the 
proprietary Adobe Photoshop enjoys the lion's share of the market."


3.) [FOSS is doomed] "The number of proprietary operating systems 
is growing, not shrinking, so competition in this market continues 
quite apart from the fact that the GPL ensures the future 
availability of Linux and other Unix offshoots."

EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for 7th Circuit.


"The revolution might take significantly longer than anticipated."

                                     -- The GNU Monk Harald Welte

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