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Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 11:35:54 -0500
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Hadron wrote:
It's a problem with real people in the real world.

What is the antecedent of your "it"?

Freeloaders, thieves and general scroungers will indeed take advantage.
> It's why the most used commercial SW projects in the world do not give
> out their source codes as a general rule. If they did their hard work
> would be distributed and cloned

It is the purpose of the FSF to insure that code should be
distributed and cloned. It is also the purpose of the FSF
that no one be prevented from distributing and cloning code.
GPLed code is meant to be taken advantage of.

But in la-la land feel free to dream that everyone would be nice to each

No one is required to be "nice", whatever that means. The
GPL is a license that applies to code. People who choose
to copy and distribute GPLed code must comply with it. If
they do not, there is an organization which will use the
courts to force them into compliance.

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