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Re: Bug#145313: ITP: gtk-engines-mac2 -- macos like theme engine for gtk

On Mon, May 06, 2002 at 09:03:02AM -0300, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> On Mon, 06 May 2002, Adam Byrtek wrote:
> > On Tue, Apr 30, 2002 at 09:06:32PM -0300, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> > > > Doesn't Apple sue everybody outright that copies their UI?
> > > Yes.

> > Hmm. I didn't know.
> > But isn't this an upstream problem?

> No. It is a problem for everyone distributing something that clearly
> violates Apple's copyrights on their desktop's appearance (wherever such
> copyrights happen to be valid).

If memory serves, Apple has consistently lost every time they've gone to
court over the look-and-feel issues.  I'm sure that wouldn't stop them
from sending cease&desist letters, and/or threatening to sue; but if
Debian is going to make a practice of rolling over every time someone
with money could sue us, we might as well pack up and go home right now,
since there are a lot more IP-fascist lawyers in this world than there
are people to vet the archive checking for potential problems.  Not to
mention that adopting such a policy makes us a popular target for anyone
who /does/ decide to threaten us with a lawsuit.

Unless there is legal precedent showing that this package is a genuine
violation of Apple's copyright, I believe it should be allowed into the

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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