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MPAA shows what it really thinks about copyright [Dec. 4th, 2007|02:02 pm]
By violating the GPL on software it distributed, the MPAA demonstrated that stealing intellectual property is sauce for the goose only. (From dsgood)

[User Picture]From: madfilkentist
2007-12-05 01:02 pm (UTC)
Calling this level of GPL violation "stealing" is absurd. The MPAA distributed standard, unmodified GPL-licensed applications, and would have been in compliance except that they neglected to provide a link to the source code.
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From: sethb
2007-12-05 05:49 pm (UTC)
It's stealing, just like copying a movie without permission.

The author of the code licensed use under certain conditions. If you don't meet those conditions, you have no right to distribute the code. The MPAA distributed code without the permission of the copyright owner. The MPAA considers that stealing when someone else does it.

(Note that this is the same MPAA that made unauthorized copies of a movie, and claimed it was allowed to do so even though the copyright holder had specifically denied them permission to do so.)
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