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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Blacklist binary-only modules lying about their license
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Marc Boucher writes:

> I am not threatening anyone, only reminding folks that making
> unsubstantiated public allegations that unfairly damage a person or
> company's reputation is wrong and generally illegal.
>
> Marc

I do not think the allegations are unsubstantiated or unfair; on the
contrary, people have identified with specificity what is offensive
and probably illegal. Might I remind you of 17 USC 1201(b)(1):

No person shall manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide,
or otherwise traffic in any technology, product, service, device,
component, or part thereof, that -

(A) is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing
protection afforded by a technological measure that effectively
protects a right of a copyright owner under this title in a work
or a portion thereof;

(B) has only limited commercially significant purpose or use other
than to circumvent protection afforded by a technological measure
that effectively protects a right of a copyright owner under this
title in a work or a portion thereof; or

(C) is marketed by that person or another acting in concert with that
person with that person's knowledge for use in circumventing
protection afforded by a technological measure that effectively
protects a right of a copyright owner under this title in a work
or a portion thereof.

Issuing the taint warning when a derivative work is created is a right
of the copyright owner(s); you have explained the embedded \0 as a
"mere" technical measure designed to circumvent the taint warning. In
my reading, that qualifies it as a violation of the paragraph above.

Part or all of 12 USC 1202 may also apply for similar reasons.

The DMCA may be unpopular, but it is still law.

Michael Poole (who is not a lawyer)
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