LinuxLand's strange copyright notices
> The six official CDs are labelled as suggested by Debian, however,
> there is a strange third line:
> Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 r0 >>Potato<<
> Official i386 Binary-1 (20000814)
> (C) 2000 LinuxLand International
> What does that mean? Is it illegal to copy these CDs or what?
A few words from the publisher of that Debian set:
Without no doubt everybody is free to copy the offical Debian CDs.
Nevertheless, presenting the content on cd-rom, in a form which
distinguishes the set from others, LinuxLand establishes a copyright
at its own right. That copyright only reflects to packaging, artwork
etc. The content ist still free software, no question.
> Another strange thing is the impressum in the manual shipped with the
> CDs, saying:
> The content of this work stands under the GNU General Public
> License (see appendix) and is freely available. All other rights
> reseved, also those of photo-mechanic reproduction and storing in
> electronic media.
The same applies as above.
Unfortunately publishers has to copyright their products for
protection against misuse. German copyright enables us to do so,
whatever the content is or comes from.
We did not intend to offend against constitution of free software.
We support several free software projects, everybody in free
software community working closer with us know that.
We are sorry for any misinterpretation. For upcoming releases we
will modifiy our notice so that it will hopefully be less confusing.
That you for your interest in LinuxLand International.
Hans-Jörg Ehren LinuxLand International
phone +49-89-993414-50 The World of Linux Software
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