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    SubjectRe: GPL only modules [was Re: [GIT PATCH] more Driver core patches for 2.6.19]
    On Sat 2006-12-23 12:24:29, Adrian Bunk wrote:
    > On Thu, Dec 21, 2006 at 03:38:29PM +0000, Pavel Machek wrote:
    > > On Thu 14-12-06 20:51:36, Adrian Bunk wrote:
    > > > On Thu, Dec 14, 2006 at 12:17:49PM -0500, Theodore Tso wrote:
    > > > > On Thu, Dec 14, 2006 at 04:33:47PM +0000, Alan wrote:
    > > > > > > The trick is to let a lawyer send cease and desist letters to people
    > > > > > > distributing the infringing software for 1 Euro at Ebay.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Doesn't that sound even more like the music industry ? Pick on Grandma,
    > > > > > and people who've no clue about the issue. It's not the way to solve such
    > > > > > problems. The world does not need "The war on binary modules". Educate
    > > > > > people instead, and talk to vendors.
    > > > >
    > > > > .... or like Microsoft, who is threatening to make war on end-users
    > > > > instead of settling things with vendors. (One of the reasons why I
    > > > > personally find the Microsoft promise not to sue _Novell_'s end users
    > > > > so nasty. Microsoft shouldn't be threatening anyone's users; if they
    > > > > have a problem, they should be taking it up with the relevant vendor,
    > > > > not sueing innocent and relatively shallow-pocketed end-users and
    > > > > distributors.)
    > > > >
    > > > > One of the things that I find so interesting about how rabid people
    > > > > get about enforcing GPL-only modules is how they start acting more and
    > > > > more like the RIAA, MPAA, and Microsoft every day....
    > > >
    > > > Please don't think or imply I'd plan to do this, I'm only saying that
    > > > there's a risk for users in such grey areas.
    > > >
    > > > It could be that someone who wants to harm Linux starts suing people
    > > > distributing Linux. If your goal is to harm Linux, suing users can
    > > > simply be much more effective than suing vendors...
    > > >
    > > > It could even be that people distributing Linux could receive cease and
    > > > desist letters from people without any real interest in the issue
    > > > itself - "cease and desist letter"s are so frequent in Germany because
    > > > the people who have to sign them have to pay the lawyers' costs that are
    > > > usually > 1000 Euro, and that's a good business for the lawyers.
    > >
    > > Something is very wrong with German legal system, I'm afraid.
    >
    > The point that you can take legal actions against anyone distributing
    > something that violates your rights should be present in more or less
    > all legal systems.
    >
    > What might be special in Germany is only that you can demand your costs
    > after successfully taking legal actions.

    What is special in Germany is fact that any random lawyer can demand
    $1000 (not his cost, his profit) if you distribute code that is not
    his...
    Pavel
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