Re: Hypocricy in free software
I don't believe you guys have not realized this, but FOSS is not, never was, and never will be, "against copyright".
The GPL *relies* on copyright to be able to actually enforce anything. From the Copyleft section of the GPL article on Wikipedia:
Copyright is good.
This requirement is known as copyleft. It earns its legal power from the use of copyright on software programs. Because a GPL work is copyrighted, a licensee has no right to redistribute it, not even in modified form (barring fair use), except under the terms of the license. One is only required to adhere to the terms of the GPL if one wishes to exercise rights normally restricted by copyright law, such as redistribution. Conversely, if one distributes copies of the work without abiding by the terms of the GPL (for instance, by keeping the source code secret), he or she can be sued by the original author under copyright law.
Software patents, now...
This is the first age that's paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one.
-- Arthur C. Clarke