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[News] New Manual Strives to Help Keep Software Free (Libre)

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Open source licence violations manual published

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| Dutch software engineer Armijn Hemel has just published a manual on how to 
| detect violations of open source software. 
| The GPL Compliance Engineering Guide details how to take apart bootloaders 
| and firmwares, using tools such as Hexdump, Strings and Grep. 
| It even includes soldering instructions to attach a serial cable to a router, 
| as sometimes that is the only way to get access to the system's software. 
| Hemel works at Loohuis, an IT consultancy in the city of Utrecht and is 
| active in the GPL Violations project. 


Companies like McAfee are allegedly breaking the law.


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?    


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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