[Linux-aus] MEDIA RELEASE: OSIA: WE HAVE THE SOLUTION TO SOFTWARE PIRACY.
conz at cyber.com.au
Wed Jul 14 13:29:01 UTC 2004
On Wed, Jul 14, 2004 at 02:30:26PM +0930, David Ruwoldt wrote:
> Dear All,
> Con Zymaris wrote:
> >One key advantage that free and open source licences bestow on
> >all computer software users is that they are totally free to use and
> >install that software in whatever manner and in whatever volume they
> >This means that users of open source software are far less likely to
> >unwittingly, or otherwise, infringe on copyright or licensing terms. It
> >also means that mere administrative error in auditing will not expose an
> >organisation to liability.
> What happens when IP is found in some open source software that was not
> legally distributed?
Same as with proprietary software. If identified, it gets removed.
> Who indemnifies the customer running the illegal software?
Can you give me pointers to where anyone indenmifies a customer for
illegal software? Show me where it says so in your EULA. I'll wait while
> I know SCO was a case in point where this happened and they did not seem
> to have a good case, but what happens when some company does have a
> good case?
The joke here is that SCO has no case of IP misuse, and have admitted as
much. Here's another instance where this isn't the case:
SQL Server developers face huge royalty bills. How many, how much?
> As open source companies such as RedHat and others try to sell support
> services will that inlcude indemnification against illegal IP in products?
Do proprietary vendors do that now?
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