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[News] McAfee Attacks Free Software Again, "Libel" Claimed by Matt Asay

McAfee's libel against open source

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| Someone at McAfee thinks that the correlation between botnets and open source 
| is clear, but I am struggling to grasp any connection between the two. 
| Perhaps this is just one more example of McAfee's dubious grasp on reality 
| when it comes to open source. Remember its statement that open-source 
| licensing is a threat to its business?    


Without Windows, McAfee is doomed and it's almost assumed to be a GPL violator
by now. Like Trend Micro, it won't be making any friends by supposing that it
can attack the threat. Microsoft used to call it "cancer" and "communism", but
this approach backfired.

As you'll find below, there's crime in McAfee in general.


Why Are the Feds Still Gunning for McAfee's Former GC?

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| But things didn't quite work out that way. Eight years later, Roberts is 
| preparing for his felony trial on two counts of mail fraud, one count of wire 
| fraud, three counts of false Securities and Exchange Commission filings, and 
| one count of falsifying books and records. If convicted on all seven counts, 
| Roberts faces a maximum of 140 years in prison and more than $10 million in 
| fines. He is also fighting a suit by the SEC for securities fraud and is a 
| defendant with McAfee in two derivative suits over backdating. The SEC  
| complaint called Roberts' repricing "a fraudulent scheme to enrich himself." 
| Roberts pled not guilty to the criminal charges and denied the SEC 
| allegations.        
| Roberts' attorney, Neal Stephens, a partner at Cooley Godward Kronish in Palo 
| Alto, Calif., said that neither he nor Roberts would comment for this 
| article. McAfee spokesman Joris Evers says, "McAfee does not discuss former
| employees."   


McAfee to pay $13.8 million to settle backdating lawsuits

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| McAfee has taken two major steps toward closing the stock-option backdating 
| scandal that has plagued the company for the past two years. 


We’re not thieves. We just can’t read contracts (McAfee and Open Source)

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| There is a lot of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) spread about Free/Libre 
| and Open Source (FLOSS) licenses. While companies dependant on older 
| competing business models suggest these licenses are complex or “ambiguous”, 
| the reality is quite the opposite.   


McAfee throws some FUD at the GPL

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| In its annual report, Windows security software vendor McAfee told its 
| investors that open source software licence terms it vaguely characterised 
| as " ambiguous" might "result in unanticipated obligations regarding our 
| products."   
| [...]
| That statement says several things. First, it reveals that McAfee does use at 
| least some open source software derived code in its products. Second, it 
| betrays that McAfee has misappropriated that open source software and thus is 
| committing copyright infringement, because it doesn't distribute that open 
| source software derivative source code. Third, by calling its products that  
| include open source software code "proprietary", McAfee shows that it really 
| doesn't want to shoulder its GPL licence obligations, but instead wants to 
| both have its cake and eat it too.      


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