Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Oct 2009 14:09 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Hardware, Embedded Systems When Psystar announced it Rebel EFI package, the company was quickly accused of simply taking open source code, repackaging it, and selling it for USD 50. While selling open source code is not a problem, not making the source code available if the license demands it is. Netkas, famous OSX86 hacker, and a Russian site are now claiming they have found the smoking gun.
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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by CaptainN- on Thu 29th Oct 2009 22:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
CaptainN-
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2005-07-07

They argue that they didn't enter into any agreement, not to resell the software they purchased. It's that EULA thing, either you think it's a contract, or you think it's BS. I tend to think it's BS.

That said, buying software isn't the same as buying a car. for one, when I buy a car from someone, the original owner loses possession of the car. Not so with software. Also, software (like music) is an infinite good - and thus probably needs some form of protection above physical goods. But a EULA - something like a contract, that end users automatically agree to when they install software or open a package - NO.

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RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 30th Oct 2009 00:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai"
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2005-06-29

and thus probably needs some form of protection above physical goods.


We call that copyright.

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RE[5]: Comment by kaiwai
by CaptainN- on Fri 30th Oct 2009 14:42 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai"
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2005-07-07

Yes, and what Psystar is doing doesn't violate copyright, since they are only reselling. ;-)

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