From: Daniel James <daniel@mo...> - 2003-04-28 09:33:30
> with insignificant changes, it
> might still be quite legal to call it Luxurosity
> with the copyright notice noting "based on
Legal under the GPL, but not under copyright. The authors of Audacity sti=
have copyright - indeed the GPL relies on copyright in order to impose=20
conditions on users. That's why GNU programs have their copyright assigne=
the FSF. Dominic has every right to take legal action for copyright viola=
if he wishes.
Rather than talk about the law, let's talk about what's ethical. This is =
clearly a scam. Changing the name proves this individual doesn't respect=20
copyright, the GPL or the Audacity team.
The Free Software Definition refers to 'The freedom to redistribute copie=
you can help your neighbour'. I don't think selling free beer downloads o=
eBay qualifies as this. If you can use eBay you can probably also downloa=
Audacity, so there's no added value in a CD distribution. It's not like i=
a 6 CD boxed set.
As for advocating Audacity, I think unsuspecting purchasers would be much=
better off joining the real Audacity community. Does this individual prov=
the quality of support that these lists do? I doubt it. =20
eBay sellers rely on good feedback. I suggest we use the feedback system =
complain to eBay themselves to get this individual banned. eBay should be=
made aware that in copyright terms, this is no different from selling war=
which I'm sure they don't allow.