[ros-kernel] Microsoft Give-Away

KJK::Hyperion noog at libero.it
Mon Apr 19 23:55:50 CEST 2004

At 14.41 19/04/2004, you wrote:
>(Section 3.1.ii : "that the Redistributables only operate in conjunction 
>with Microsoft Windows platforms")

I doubt it's a legal restriction. In fact I only read this kind of shit in 
the software world (the multimedia too, but it's where the copyright 
insanity started). Two weeks ago I attended a meeting of hackers and 
brought 50 ReactOS CDs to give away for free - and did I have to ask 
permission to the producer of the blank CDs? to the producer of the printer 
I used to print the CD pockets on? to the producer of the paper? what if I 
sold the CDs? Without *my* work, time and efforts, they would have just 
been a bunch of blank CDs, a stack of paper and some immaterial bits on a 
hard disk. My contract with the tool makers and the material refiners has 
been satisfied in the moment I paid for their work

I think that the only penalty they can legally inflict if you run their 
stuff on ReactOS or Wine is to deny you support. Do we have a lawyer 
available that could translate my common sense in hard facts (or not)? And 
damn, does everyone else just accept these restrictions as reasonable? is 
it just me seeing a bottomless sink of absurdity in it? 

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