Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jun 2007 22:44 UTC
Windows As was to be expected, the Longhorn Reloaded team has been shut down by Microsoft. "It is with sad news that I have to inform you that today due to a cesit and decist letter we recived from Microsoft we are no longer able to provide you with a download link to Longhorn Reloaded. It deeply saddens me that although Microsoft hknew about this project for many months they only issued us with this notice a few days after we started to distribute the iso via torrents and ftp server."
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RE[2]: Cooperations buys laws
by sukru on Tue 26th Jun 2007 04:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Cooperations buys laws"
sukru
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2006-11-19

"In this day and age of the DMCA, the end user is a criminal, nine times out of ten. It's a bit sad, but true. Technically, since I watch DVD's on my linux computer, I'm a criminal. Ah, C'est la vie."


Just wanted to remind that contract violation is not a crime (it just nullifies the contract).

Additionally playing DVDs on linux is also not a crime. There are already "licensed" alternatives, and DeCSS is no longer a trade secret [ http://www.eff.org/IP/Video/DVDCCA_case/20040122_eff_pr.php ], too.

Finally this has nothing to do with the EULAs, people just "can't" redistribute others' programs even if they "fix" them (without permission of course).

Edited 2007-06-26 04:09

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RE[3]: Cooperations buys laws
by Obscurus on Tue 26th Jun 2007 06:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Cooperations buys laws"
Obscurus Member since:
2006-04-20

Just wanted to remind that contract violation is not a crime (it just nullifies the contract).


It isn't subject to criminal law, but under civil law, you can be sued for breach of contract. Don't think you can just breach any old contract and get away with it, you will most likely be penalised. In fact, penalties for breach of contract can run into the billions of dollars, and if you don't or can't pay, you may wind up in prison. Breach of contract is not a trivial thing - contracts, whether verbal or long formal documents, are the glue that holds society together, and the law does not treat those who breach contracts lightly.

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RE[4]: Cooperations buys laws
by evangs on Tue 26th Jun 2007 09:24 in reply to "RE[3]: Cooperations buys laws"
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2005-07-07

It isn't subject to criminal law, but under civil law, you can be sued for breach of contract. Don't think you can just breach any old contract and get away with it, you will most likely be penalised.


Exactly. I am sick of people excusing piracy in all forms as a kind of "breach of contract" as if the phrase "breach of contract" makes it all okay.

Breaching a contract is serious stuff. I'm currently governed by a few contracts, one of them is my tenancy agreement. In it, there is a clause that says I cannot sublet. Of course, I could sublet seeing as there is no law against subletting but then I would be going against the contract I agreed to when I moved in. That means that a) my landlord can kick me out b) he can demand I stop subletting c) haul my sorry butt to court if I fail to comply with his demands.

Contracts are serious stuff. Never ever trivialize a contract and be wary of any contract you bind yourself to.

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