Ralf A. Quint schrieb:
>>> >From that view it's not possible for non-cooperates (individual hobbyist
>> projects) to develop and publish software. You would always need a legal
>> department which is telling "it's ok to violate patents, if them are are
>> accusing us we will accuse them with out collection of patents or we
>> will let us extort and pay them", followed by "as long no one accusing
>> us it's all fine". In a cooperate you have as a programmer the
>> additional advantage that the legal department exists out of lawyers and
>> in case of court ruling only the cooperate is sued but not the
>> individual programmer.
> Just because you are not a "business entity" doesn't mean that laws
> don't apply to you.
That's very true.
However, I just care about laws in my own country (and the national ones).
As I live in Germany I see no reason to ensure to follow all US laws (no
racism or whatever here, just the same way I do not ensure it for any
other country where I do not life).
It seams to me that following additionally US laws (whenever not living
their anyway) is demanding here as a must. There is no logical
derivation that it's more important to follow own laws + national laws +
additionally US laws. Why on earth additionally the US laws? China has
much more habitants and no one here seams interested whenever we break
some of their laws.
Because USA is English? No good argument because UK is also English and
lots of other countrys also.
There are also loads of theocratical states and I am sure we are
violating some of their laws because we don't praise their religion.
With all those (foreign) patents and laws I feel kinda swamped.
The even more complicated thing is that there is no way to ask "is this
allowed or is it censored?". You can publish your work and let others
recognize it and after years the nitpicking begins. Life is thought,
there is no way to be secure.
Like I did say, from that view, I wonder how it's possible to develop
and publish software as freeware or Open Source as individual without a
cooperate and a legal department to hide behind.
> In regards to "having a legal department", that's why the OSF has one
> for Open Source projects...
What do you mean with OSF? Open Software Foundation?
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