Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Oct 2009 18:25 UTC
Legal Now that all the nastiness of the discovery phase is behind us in the Apple vs. Psystar case, both parties are trying to get the case settled before it goes to court, much like the recent Vernor vs. Autodesk case. Both Apple and Psystar have filed motions asking for a summary judgement.
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RE[6]: OSNews legal analysis
by rhavyn on Mon 12th Oct 2009 22:13 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: OSNews legal analysis"
rhavyn
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That whole exact copy thing is bunk. If I install a driver for a new video card it is no longer an exact copy. If I install a boot loader so I can dual boot to another operating system then it is no longer an exact copy. I could name many more "infringements" of said "exact copy" rule. If what you are saying holds up in court then we will see a flood of pointless lawsuits. Value added resellers (VAR) will suddenly be a dying breed because literally anything could be considered a modification.


If what I'm saying holds up in court? I'm not saying anything, I'm copying and pasting from the copyright law of the United States. Go ahead and verify it yourself if you don't believe me. I'm willing to be that black letter law will stand up in court too, by the way.

Fact is that you HAVE to modify an OS on a regular basis to maintain compatibility with your hardware and other programs. A program installing an updated system file could violate the copyright with what you are suggesting. In the Windows world, for instance, if I were to modify the registry so a program would work and then later sell my computer with that software on it, am I suddenly in violation of copyright law? This all could get very absurd very quickly.


Which is all very nice, but the way to change it is to lobby your member of Congress and your Senators.

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