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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Front with Bill Gates' Dad's Former Employees Raids Companies

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Front with Bill Gates' Dad's Former Employees Raids Companies
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 02 Apr 2009 02:43:57 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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BSA Settles Lawsuit Against Nevada-Based Engineering Company for $205,000

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| The Business Software Alliance (BSA) today announced that Taney Engineering, 
| Inc. and Taney Cunningham Equipment, LLC of Henderson, Nevada, a joint civil 
| engineering and land survey services company, settled a lawsuit filed in the 
| United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Docket 
| #C08-03132) alleging copyright infringement. BSA initially contacted the 
| companies through its out-of-court audit program. When that proved 
| unsuccessful, a lawsuit seeking an injunction to stop the defendants from 
| making or distributing unauthorized copies of Autodesk software as well as an 
| unspecified amount of damages and attorneys' fees in connection with the 
| litigation, was filed on behalf of Autodesk, Inc., a BSA member company. The 
| suit was filed on June 30, 2008 and settled in December.          



Open Source Piracy: Uncle BSA, Open Source wants you!

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| Piracy, the marketing name chosen by the Business Software Alliance to
| describe copyright infringement, is defined by the BSA as follows:
|     Software piracy is the unauthorized copying or distribution of
|     copyrighted software. This can be done by copying, downloading, sharing,
|     selling, or installing multiple copies onto personal or work computers.
|     What a lot of people don’t realize or don’t think about is that when you
|     purchase software, you are actually purchasing a license to use it, not
|     the actual software. That license is what tells you how many times you
|     can install the software, so it’s important to read it. If you make more
|     copies of the software than the license permits, you are pirating.
| Reading the piracy definition I understood that Open Source Piracy actually
| really hurts open source. Don’t get me wrong, you can hardly make more copies
| than the allowed number with open source, of course. Still you might
| distribute copyrighted open source software irrespectful of the license.


BSA: Software piracy's 'tragic' impact on US society

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| The BSA-sponsored IDC study, available here (pdf), pinpointed eight US states
| in the report. It found significant variations from the national piracy
| figure of 20 per cent.


Microsoft urges resellers to play it straight, beef up revs

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| Microsoft has claimed that each dollar it “loses” to software piracy equals
| $5.50 in “lost opportunities” to the firm’s channel partners.
| A Microsoft-sponsored white paper (pdf) released by IT analyst house IDC
| yesterday highlights the effects of copyright infringement on the software
| ecosystem across the tech industry.
| [...]
| The BSA has claimed that the value of just PC software that was counterfeited
| in 2007 was close to $50bn worldwide.


BSA plays the IP card against the European Commission

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| Leave it to the Business Software Alliance (BSA) to distort the definition
| of "open standard" in order to serve the interests of Microsoft and its other
| members. The BSA doesn't like the European Commission's increasing interest
| in open source and open standards to deliver software interoperability.  


Has Anyone Received the BSA's $1M Software Piracy Reward?

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| "The BSA hasn't yet paid out $1 million, although we are very willing to do
| so if the opportunity arises," writes BSA spokesman Rodger Correa in an
| e-mail. "That's how serious we take our mission of [intellectual property]
| protection."


Legality of Fedora in production environment

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| Recently the appropriate laws in my country (Russia) have beens
| ignificantly toughened. Now the police can check for illegal software
| usage by their own initiative (without request from the owner). The
| tax inspection demands that software should be registered at
| accounts departments.
| During such a checking, the user is obliged now to show all hardcopy
| license documents (with original signatures and stamps).


What about selling free software

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| Gervase Markham, the Mozilla Foundation's licensing officer, in an
| article in the Times Online, talks about being questioned by a
| northern UK Trading License Officer about giving away software.
| The trading officer was concerned by a group that was burning the
| free Mozilla Browser on CDs and selling it.


Report: The Business of Free Software

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| In his Nov. 21 column, Conrado Banal said I did not really author the
| bill "Free/Open Source Act of 2006" now pending in Congress. And
| quoting the Business Software Alliance (BSA), he also derided the
|             ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| bill as a "prime model of confusion."
| Let me assure him that I authored the bill. My office worked on it for
| four months. It started with a suggestion from FOSS (free/open
| source software) advocates in the Computer Professionals Union
| (CPU). Modeled after the Brazil and Peru FOSS policies, it is the
| result of inputs from various geeks, techies and FOSS
| practitioners--from my two staff who happen to be competent IT
| professionals, IT lawyers in the UP College of Law, members of
| the Philippine Linux Users Group (PLUG), GNU/Linux guru and
| prime advocate Richard Stallman of the MIT-based Free Software
| Foundation, who personally e-mailed his very valuable comments.
| It also contains inputs from the government?s Commission on
| Information and Communications Technology and the International
| Open Source Network of the UNDP.

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