Two wrongs don't make a right
Posted Nov 30, 2006 7:58 UTC (Thu) by man_ls
In reply to: Two wrongs don't make a right
Parent article: A cease-and-desist for the Gaia project
I was trying to explain an ethical argument. Sadly, "lawful" and "ethical" are orthogonal concepts. You can substitute #2 with any of a number of unethical laws:
2. A company writes a protection measure in software: [CSS, protected PDF...], and expects others to respect the lawful conditions.
2. A company files a business method patent: [insert your favorite absurd patent], and expects others to respect the lawful conditions.
2. A company sells salt to the Hindu people, and expects these people to pay the salt tax.
and it is still unethical behavior; facilitating circumvention of those measures (DeCSS, Sklyarov's PDF cracker, OIN, Dandi March) can be considered ethical, whether lawful or unlawful.
Does the FSF go around taking proprietary software and posting it for all to see? No.
My point was that violation of the conditions might have beneficial consequences for everyone. But it seems that want to stick to the letter of my comment: well, Werner did not post any proprietary software for all to see; he published his own free version. Did he break the terms and conditions? In any case that is his problem, I don't know why we should have to care about that.
If you don't like the "absurd restrictions" on the data Google licenses, launch your own satellite and you're free to give away the imagery.
This makes no sense at all. You might as well say: 'if you don't like the "absurd protections" on a DVD, go shoot your own movies and you are free to publish them in Ogg Vorbis'. That is not the point.
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