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The exfiltrated exFAT driver

The exfiltrated exFAT driver

Posted Aug 16, 2013 16:50 UTC (Fri) by zblaxell (subscriber, #26385)
Parent article: The exfiltrated exFAT driver

It is hard to demand respect for the GPL while refusing to respect the terms of other licenses.
No it's not. That is precisely what the GPL is for.

Some of the factions intent on reforming the copyright system would have it presume licenses equivalent to the GPL, and make it harder to enforce any others. The GPL is an adaptor for copyright systems that is only necessary while different license terms are presumed and enforced. The GPL is, in and of itself, and always has been, a statement of protest against every other copyright licensing scheme, with protests against various other restrictions (patents, DRM, etc) and limitations (can't sue vendors for not providing source under, say, consumer protection or competition law) bolted on in later revisions.

Demanding respect for what one would have be the law while refusing to respect things one would have be illegal is not hard at all. Activist groups seeking legal reform do exactly this all the time (e.g. people who want to legalize marijuana, want gay rights in Russia, or want immunity from prosecution when they attack computer systems that support copyright infringement). Respect for law enforcement's powers of seizure and incarceration should never be confused with respect for the laws they enforce.

Getting respect before the law actually changes to agree with this position is the hard thing to do here.


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