[linux-audio-user] License free Linux ??

Brian Redfern bredfern at calarts.edu
Thu Dec 4 17:14:10 EST 2003

Well, it seems that people aren't buying, the only reason why he's
selling audacity is that its cross platform, I actually don't think you'll
see this sort of thing happen with linux only audio apps, because apps
like audacity come built into all major distros. Also he's only charging
$9, so its potentially arguable that he's just charging for the labor to
burn a cd for someone, but what's more problematic is how he tries to
re-brand, or attempts to make it look like his company has written the
software, like he's selling openoffice, and calling it "Luminosity
Office", that's a big problem, because its one thing to be a software
distributor who sells software and src on cdrom (like redhat) and another
to re-brand someone else's software and just sell re-branded binaries,
that's stealing.

But if you look at this case he's taking only the mac and windows versions
of the software and then sells on cdrom for $10, but even at that price no
one is buying. 

On Thu, 4 Dec 2003, Dave Phillips wrote:

> Brian Redfern wrote:
> >I don't know, if you're selling people audacity on cdrom, as long as you
> >include the source I wouldn't think its illegal, I don't know why anyone
> >would buy it on cd, but notice that he didn't get any bids, and now that
> >its relisted, there's still no bids.
> >  
> >
> I checked this out too, and it is disturbing. It's also, as Patrick 
> suggested, an example of a likely scenario in the near future as Linux 
> audio apps become increasingly sophiticated and usable under more 
> professional conditions. It's true that there's little that can be done 
> to avoid this scenario, but I believe that community opprobrium (i.e. 
> verbal torches and pitchforks) can do some good in such a case. Alas, 
> eBay doesn't make it easy for a non-member to add a comment to a sale item.
> I'm thinking some not very nice thoughts about Luminousity right now...
> Best,
> == dp

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