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

Brian Redfern bredfern at calarts.edu
Fri Dec 5 12:48:26 EST 2003

I espeically love the generic business drok with his raised fist, that's
funny stuff.

On Thu, 4 Dec 2003, Rob wrote:

> On Thursday 04 December 2003 15:54, Patrick Shirkey wrote:
> > Have you seen what's happening to the audacity project?
> > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2572777204&
> >category=15199
> > It's got to the point where they need legal help. The guy is
> > making a few false statements like he has community support
> > and is giving money back to the developers.
> I dunno, it's a tricky thing.  If the guy were selling Audacity 
> CD's labeled as such on ebay, people would be calling for him to 
> be sued over trademark violations.  The guy sells it under a 
> different name and people call for him to be sued under some 
> kind of misrepresentation thing.  I think it's obnoxious that he 
> doesn't provide any kind of link back to the Audacity site (he 
> at least mentions Gimp and Openoffice by name) but until someone 
> actually ponies up for one of those CD's we won't know whether 
> he's actually violating the GPL.  
> Or, for that matter, someone else's license, since he mentions 
> he's including other software and files on the disc.  In that 
> way it strikes me as being just like all those shovelware 
> CD-ROMs in the early 90's that listed off all the shareware they 
> included without mentioning them by name.  Only by running the 
> programs (and doing help about, if it didn't have a nag screen 
> or something) did you ever find out who wrote them.
> Anyway, his site, http://www.luxuriousity.com (I'd say that was 
> misspelled if it weren't a made-up word to begin with), is 
> hilarious, especially the overuse of stock clip art.  I think 
> the best response to something like this is to provide a cheaper 
> competitive item on ebay whose proceeds really do benefit the 
> developers. Maybe start with the GnuWin II disc?  (Note that 
> he's marketing it to Windows users primarily, not Linux users, 
> so going on ebay with a CD full of Linux software is really not 
> going to do anyone any good except in the sense that it might 
> promote the use of Linux a little.)
> Rob

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