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Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 01:24:35 +0100
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"amicus_curious" <> writes:

> "Hyman Rosen" <> wrote
>> It's just like when you buy a car. You are told that you may drive
>> away with the car in return for a sum of money, and you accept the
>> "drive away with the car part" and do so, but say that you do not
>> need to honor the "in return for a sum of money" part. It's unlikely
>> that the forces of the law will be amused by the argument in the case
>> of the car or the GPL.
> Well, silly, that is indeed the situation.  If you don't send in the
> money, you are sued for it.  The car is the collateral for the loan,
> so it can be reposessed if the payments are not made as contractually
> agreed.

Huh, what loan?  A loan implies a contractual agreement.

> In the case of th GPL, the deal is more like you are told that you can
> drive away with the car for free and, if you are asked by someone, you
> have to tell them where you got it.  Then sometime later, they find
> out that you didn't tell someone who had asked.  Do you think the law
> will go after you with the same vigor?

No, the deal is more like you get the keys to the car in order to test
drive it, along with a contractual promise that you may buy the car for
a certain amount of money if you like it.

You then choose to just make away with the car, making use of the
promise but without paying.

The car is not collateral that can be repossessed.  It is stolen good
that can be reclaimed.  It never changed ownership.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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