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Subject: [Audacity-users] "luxuriousity.com" selling GIMP, OpenOffice and Audacity under different names..
Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2003 04:37:45 +0000
From: Eric Anon <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
CC: [EMAIL PROTECTED], [EMAIL PROTECTED], [EMAIL PROTECTED], [EMAIL PROTECTED], [EMAIL PROTECTED], [EMAIL PROTECTED]
I find it sickening that you shamelessly attempt to profit from the hard work of others by scamming people into thinking that the software you sell on http://www.luxuriousity.com and on ebay, such as The GIMP, is not free software. I looked at your ebay feedback, and you answer this by saying, "free version is an unstable test version" (see http://cgi2.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback&userid=greglosang&page=7&items=200). This is patently false; a lie. See http://www.gimp.org/stable_ver.html and ftp://files.akl.lt/Grafika_Foto/GIMP/gimp-1.2.3-20020310-setup.zip for the STABLE windows versions.
Your website clearly misleads customers into thinking that they MUST purchase these programs from you. You even have the gaul refer to "The GIMP" as "LUXURIOUSITYPHOTO", most likely to make it more difficult for people to search the web under the products real name and find out they are being scammed. Judging by the quantity you appear to have sold, a sucker really is born every minute.
All of the above also applies to "LuxuriousityOffice" (really OpenOffice) and "LUXURIOUSITYSOUND" (really Audacity).
I sure hope you have a pay Yahoo account that can be used for business purposes, because I'm going report to them that you are potentially violating their terms of service agreement. I am also going to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. From their "Business Ethics" page (http://www.bbb.org/BizEthics/tips.asp, read it, you may learn something):
"Misleading advertising is among the three questionable business practices most adult consumers consider to be always wrong."
As a software developer myself, I find your scam personally offensive. You are a true parasite on the open source community. Rest assured, I will spread the word about this abuse (and don't try to quote the GPL here, because even if you're not violating the letter of the license, you are certainly violating the spirit).
You are a scammer and a liar.
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