FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL
Posted Jun 10, 2010 20:35 UTC (Thu) by farnz
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So you're claiming that if I produce "Farnz Windows 7", which is a box of my own design, with a copyright infringing copy of Windows 7 inside the box, and Best Buy stock it at $25, Best Buy can't get in trouble? That sounds astonishingly unlikely - if it were true, you would see pirate software in every Best Buy store, as they could just sell it, and say that it was the publisher's responsibility to not commit the offence.
AIUI, the reason that it's not worth suing Best Buy over plagiarism or other copyright infringement in a book is nothing to do with whether Best Buy have any liability or not - it's simply that if Best Buy react to a notification of copyright infringement in a product by pulling it from the shelves, they can reasonably argue that they're innocent victims, too, (since they couldn't reasonably check the contents of all copyright affected items they sell before they do so) so damages are nil.
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