Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jan 2012 14:10 UTC
General Unix "One of the fun examples among all the copyright fuss is the extreme example of copyright claims made by AT&T some time in the 1980s. It's the /bin/true program. This is a dummy' library program whose main function is to make it easy to write infinite loops (while true do ...) in shells scripts. The 'true' program does nothing; it merely exits with a zero exit status. This can be done with an empty file that's marked executable, and that's what it was in the earliest unix system libraries. Such an empty file will be interpreted as a shell script that does nothing, and since it does this successfully, the shell exits with a zero exit status. But AT&T's lawyers decided that this was worthy of copyright protection." Three blank lines. Copyrighted. You can't make this stuff up.
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RE[4]: from 'man true'
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 30th Jan 2012 17:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: from 'man true'"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

I'd love to respond to this in a humorous, tongue and cheek fashion, but I'm afraid recent events have made me too aware that what I think is funny and absurd, others might think is a good idea to maximize revenue streams.

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RE[5]: from 'man true'
by phoudoin on Tue 31st Jan 2012 10:44 in reply to "RE[4]: from 'man true'"
phoudoin Member since:
2006-06-09

Sorry Sir, but I fear your comment re-used some patented expressions without express permission from their holders.

Please contact our lawyer with no delay.

PS: Welcome in 21th century. It sucks, you will love it!

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RE[6]: from 'man true'
by zima on Sun 5th Feb 2012 13:05 in reply to "RE[5]: from 'man true'"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

So far, it still looks like it might suck much less than ~all centuries before it...

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