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> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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>> FLOSS: Accept no substitutes
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>> | Free-as-in-freedom software is very often free-as-in-beer, too. This is
>> | normally a good thing. But one open source project developer is calling
>> | out a troubling problem with free software: counterfeit applications.
>> | The problem, according to VideoLAN developer Ludovic Fauvet, is this:
>> | VideoLAN's highly regarded VLC Media Player, which is licensed under the
>> | GPL, is being redistributed by various organizations' websites, some of
>> | which claim that VLC is actually their application to distribute. These
>> | websites attract users with paid Google AdWords ads that come up in
>> | various media-player related searches.
>> | Right off the bat, this would be a clear violation of VideoLAN's
>> | intellectual property, but it gets worse. Many of the sites that
>> | redistribute VLC have wrapped the binary in installers that also install
>> | malware in the form of adware and spyware on unsuspecting user's
>> | computers, too.
>> | "What bothers us the most is that many of them are bundling VLC with
>> | various crapware to monetize it in ways that mislead our users by
>> | thinking theyâre downloading an original version. This is not
>> | acceptable. The result is a poor product that doesnât work as intended,
>> | that canât be uninstalled and that clearly abuses its users and their
>> | privacy," Fauvet wrote in his blog.
> Without freedom software, the closed source world won't be able
> make money from windummies prepared to pay for free software
> that have been repackaged as expensive proprietary software.
A lot of proprietary software, even Windows and Mac OS X, exploits
Free/libre software, sometimes illegally. That's a fact.
~~ Best of wishes
Dr. Roy S. Schestowitz (Ph.D. Medical Biophysics), Imaging Researcher
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