Thursday, February 23, 2006

You can't give it away!

A thank-you to David Berry for sending this on the Libre Society mailing list:,,9075-2051196,00.html

First, the little blurb or taglin for the article:

Free software? You can't just give it away. Who could be upset by a scheme that allows free use of software? Well, Gervase Markham has found one Trading Standards officer who is

Then, some priceless excerpts:

"I can't believe that your company would allow people to make money from something that you allow people to have free access to. Is this really the case?" she asked. "If Mozilla permit the sale of copied versions of its software, it makes it virtually impossible for us, from a practical point of view, to enforce UK anti-piracy legislation, as it is difficult for us to give
general advice to businesses over what is/is not permitted."

I felt somewhat unnerved at being held responsible for the disintegration of the UK anti-piracy system. Who would have thought giving away software could cause such difficulties?

Who indeed?


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