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How not to handle a licensing violation

How not to handle a licensing violation

Posted Apr 12, 2007 20:04 UTC (Thu) by bfields (subscriber, #19510)
In reply to: How not to handle a licensing violation by lysse
Parent article: How not to handle a licensing violation

I'd also expect you to wait for me to reply, rather than deciding that if I didn't break off my hospital stay, or pick your email up off the floor my ISP dropped it on, inside 24 hours to get you an acknowledgement, then I'm clearly not interested

Personally, I hope that I never give anyone the impression that I'd be offended if they took care of urgent business for me while I was temporarily away. It's solving the problem that's the important thing--I don't see why I should care whether it's me that solves it or not.


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How not to handle a licensing violation

Posted Apr 12, 2007 23:55 UTC (Thu) by lysse (guest, #3190) [Link]

That's not what I said, is it? You're talking about going to a delegate; I'm talking about intepreting silence negatively.

So to put the orchard back: Would you be so happy if whoever went to someone else who could sort the problem out did so with the words "bfields stole our code on purpose, can you sort them out please?"? And that the someone else in question took the assertion at face value and sacked you?

How not to handle a licensing violation

Posted Apr 13, 2007 16:37 UTC (Fri) by bfields (subscriber, #19510) [Link]

That's not what I said, is it? You're talking about going to a delegate; I'm talking about intepreting silence negatively.

Well, you did say "I'd also expect you to wait for me to reply". That's not something I'd expect--if you have an urgent issue (and discovering that I was publicly distributing code with serious license issues would count), I'd definitely prefer that you go to whoever you need to (including people "over my head") to get the problem solved if I don't reply promptly, rather than wait some indefinite length of time with the problem unsolved.

Would you be so happy if whoever went to someone else who could sort the problem out did so with the words "bfields stole our code on purpose, can you sort them out please?"?

Why would I care?

Anyway, I don't see that in the original message; was that something that was said later in the flamewar?

And that the someone else in question took the assertion at face value and sacked you?

And here I'm totally lost. Was Marcus sacked? Who was taking anything at "face value"? What does this have to do with who problem reports should be addressed to?


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