[Ilugc] Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
- From: ramanraj@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Ramanraj K)
- Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 10:40:46 +0530
Suresh Ramasubramanian wrote:
Arvind Narayanan wrote:
Not that I agree with everything RMS says, but surely we don't want
to propagate a word that was invented for purely FUD reasons by our
I don't claim to be a gnu zealot.
Since GNU Philosophy and the GPL give the freedom to fork, it would be
unfair to use an expression like `gnu zealot' - because it makes no
sense. The GNU philosophy and the GPL permit other developers and
people to change and modify the source code, and those who give you such
freedom could never be labelled as zealots.
1. Microsoft is just a competitor to Linux. Maybe a competitor that
plays dirty once in a while. Making this some sort of war is not
going to be of any use at all.
Are you talking about zealotry here?
2. Any other name for "unauthorized redistribution of copyrighted
software, explicitly against its license"?
Our Copyright Act deals only with `copyright infringement'. Piracy
refers to grave offences committed on the High Seas by pirates.
Using the word piracy in a case of mere `copyright infringement' is
inappropriate, illegal, unlawful, defamatory, libelous and probably,
even if copyright infringement is made out, the person baselessly
accused to be a pirate would be within his rights to claim damages
towards defamation and slander from the persons who make unreasonable
Using the right expression is important to convey our ideas with clarity
avoiding confusion and needless harm to oneself and to others.
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