[sclug] Cheap'n'nasty Tesco Linux machines

Dickon Hood sclug at splurge.fluff.org
Sun Mar 16 17:01:35 UTC 2008

On Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 01:40:47 +0000, mail at europa.demon.co.uk wrote:

: As a "rodney" (please retract that if we are to continue any discussion) I 
: understand "licensing" perfectly well, I simply consider it morally and 
: ethically wrong, and I can inform you that copyright is not required for Free 
: Software, it is merely a mechanism (the "copyright hack" to turn it into 
: copyleft) which we use under the current legal system that recognises 
: copyright to enable Free Software in the society we live in today.

That software -- or, as you've stated *anything* copyrightable --
television programme, film, book, or recording, was not produced for
nothing: it takes resources to produce all of these things.

Is it not morally and ethically right to allow the entity which spent
those resources some mechanism to recover those costs?  Surely it isn't
ethical to deny a writer or a filmmaker the fruits of their labour?

There wouldn't be much left of the entertainment industries left if not.

Dickon Hood

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