About the calculus for the project
Posted Feb 2, 2012 10:03 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: About the calculus for the project
Parent article: A tempest in a toybox
Looks like this is about definitions...
I don't think I recall even a single case where a company has openly admitted to their mistake, *responded* and made a good-faith effort to rectify the problem, yet nevertheless ended up in court.
It all depends on the definition of "good faith". The whole tempest started boiling when FSF sued CISCO. And as Rob Landley claimed it happened while CISCO was doing the honest good-faith effort to rectify the problem. It's just, you know, five years is not enough for them to get their house in order, that's all.
Well, got that: if you try to reach compliance but that's hard then you can spend years and that's Ok, because it's hard, you know. Hmm... Home come Youtube was sued when it spent less then three years trying to solve similar problem? Home come Megaupload was not given five years? Somehow when copyrights of "big boys" are violated "good faith" is "you must do everything you could to stop that... pronto... today, or, better yet, yesterday". Youtube won in the end, but not because Google installed new copyright protection system, but because it already did what the law required at the beginning of the lawsuit. Even so: Google went to great lengths to make sure they do not only the bare minimum law requires, but they go above and beyond. Because, you know, they are large and powerful and so must be held to higher standards. Yet somehow CISCO, SONY and other large companies should be given years before they'll do even bare minimum? Gosh.
P.S. I'm not happy to live is this super-litigious world. I'd much prefer to live without copyright at all (and yes, I know that in this case it'll be harder for me to sell my own work, too). But as long as large companies continue to raise stakes WRT to copyright violations we have no recourse but to respond. IMNSHO what SFC is doing is relatively mild response to this copyright escalation. The whole "tempest" looks silly for me: it's as if Bacterian complained after the fight that Krillin should be disqualified because he used dirty tricks.
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