Jeroen Dekkers jeroen at
Sat Feb 19 12:04:09 UTC 2005

At Sat, 19 Feb 2005 18:02:58 +1100,
Ben Finney wrote:
> On 18-Feb-2005, Matthias Kirschner wrote:
> > "News 09-12-2004 (future news will be in my Slashdot Journal [2]):
> > James Ewing did it again: he phoned/emailed the hosting company of
> > and claimed that Nick (owner of the domain) was hosting
> > illegal copies of Sveasoft firmware.  Which, as we know, isn't true
> > since the software is under GPL. However the company doesn't seem to
> > have heard the word GPL yet, let alone understood what it means so they
> > reacted by taking the (entire!) domain offline.
> > [...]
> > 
> > Does someone have time to take a deeper look at this or know already
> > more about this? A lot of people seem to be really confused about the
> > GNU GPL. 
> Worse, a lot of countries have laws that force ISPs to react to a mere
> unsubstantiated claim of copyright violation, without notifying their
> customer.

Bits of Freedom did some expirements in NL about that:

This is very scary and a fundamental threat to people's rights.

Jeroen Dekkers

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