About the calculus for the project
Posted Feb 10, 2012 20:26 UTC (Fri) by khim
In reply to: About the calculus for the project
Parent article: A tempest in a toybox
so if toybox can run on BSD it's legal
Oh no. To make it run on BSD is only a first step. Then you need to convince people to actually use it in such configuration :-)
If BSD port will just be a curiosity then court will [rightfully] say that it's existence is just a window dressing. Napster was capable of commercially significant non-infringing use - yet it was not enough, after all. But if BSD port will be used often enough then, sure, it'll mean that toybox relicense happened for other reasons besides copyright infringement facilitation.
but if it only runs on linux it's a circumvention tool and illegal
Again: nope. It's only illegal if it's only runs on linux and if a lot of companies continue to use it to violate GPL license for Linux kernel in [relative] safety.
We'll see what happens. Perhaps now, when toybox is available and SFC can not use busybox to sue shady contractors, they will suddenly wise up and all start voluntarily comply with GPL license for kernel or may be they all will switch to BSD... but I somehow doubt it'll happen.
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