On Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 8:31 PM, Riley Baird <bm-2cvqnduybau5do2dfjtrn7zbaj246s4...@bitmessage.ch> wrote: > On 07/12/14 21:51, Joel Rees wrote: >> On Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 7:09 PM, Riley Baird >> [...] >>> I see your point, but I'm just wondering - if you are recommending that >>> I get a lawyer, is that because such a distro would upset the OpenBSD >>> community so much that someone would try to take legal action against me? >> >> That's not what I'm thinking about, no. (But I am not a voice for this >> community, either.) >> >> "Intellectual property" is easy to get confused by, in no small part >> because the current laws and practices are essentially attempting to >> undo several centuries of progress making laws and reality match. >> Sometimes you do what seems to make sense and it has the opposite >> effect of what you intended. > > I really can't afford a lawyer. Which is really unfortunate, because it > would probably make the situation clearer.
Well anyway, you probably want to spend some time reading up on the subject. Wikipedia, at any particular point in time, is not a bad place to start, but it's definitely not a good place to end. You need to read actually law and case studies to start seeing what really happens, and to start forming useful opinions about what it all means and testing your ideas against the legal record. Kind of like learning to read code. >>> [...] >> I would rather describe it as "use of diplomacy". > > I was trying to give a compliment, not an insult :) I'll save my insults > for later :P This is kind of unrelated, but Torvalds gave Nvidia the > finger and said "Nvidia, fuck you" during a speech because of binary > drivers: http://www.wired.com/2012/06/torvalds-nvidia-linux/ Now, Nvidia > is starting to contribute to the open-source Nouveau driver project. I think we see the dramatic moments and tend to forget about the build-up and the follow-up, where the real diplomacy gets applied. That's where the work is really done, and, of course, it's not just Theo and Linus at work. Lots of people helping. -- Joel Rees Be careful when you look at conspiracy. Look first in your own heart, and ask yourself if you are not your own worst enemy. Arm yourself with knowledge of yourself, as well.