BusyBox and the GPL Prevail Again (Groklaw)
Posted Aug 11, 2010 11:32 UTC (Wed) by Trelane
In reply to: BusyBox and the GPL Prevail Again (Groklaw)
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If someone distribute something under the GPL license, all that the user can assumes is what is written in the license.
Maybe that copyright owner do not care about "reputation" or "impact on humanity"?
Copyright violation deprives the *copyright owner* of the *value* of the thing you stole.
I'm asserting that your claim depends on a number of factors, including the definition of "value". Now you're quibbling about what the definition of "value" is. You're now claiming that "value" is up to whatever the copyright holder wishes it to mean, which is ridiculous. There are categories of value, and the copyright holder may or may not care about some categories, as you've outlined. This is irrelevant to the central issue of whether or not "value" is lost, let alone whether or not copyright infringement is theft.
Your assertion is that the copyright holder is "deprived" of the "value" of the work being copied, which is possibly false, depending upon conditions which are very situation-dependent (reputation, impact on humanity) or inherently unknowable (lost money from sales at a specific price point that would have happened if copyright infringement would not have occurred).
What has to be "paid back" is clearly described in the GPL license, there is no point in discuting it too much - in simple terms just give back the source with your bug fixes and modifications - and the way to rebuild.
No. The GPL requires that you give not prevent the end user from exercising their Freedoms. The rest is technical implementation of that idea.
Still, this is orthogonal to the original dicusssion, which is whether or not copyright infringement is theft.
it does not force the copyright owner to do anything more than enjoying the result of his own work.
This is a non-sequitur. We're talking about whether or not copyright infringement is theft. Please stick to the topic at hand.
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