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Re: Legal status of software licences



On Mon, Aug 25, 2003 at 06:21:56PM +0300, Aigars Mahinovs wrote:
> On Mon, 25 Aug 2003 17:06:39 +0200
> Wouter Verhelst <wouter@grep.be> wrote:
> > > Is C doing anything illegal in this case?
> > 
> > No, C isn't, but A and B may well be doing illegal things, depending
> > on the license.
> > 
> > IANAL, though; I could be wrong.
> 
> Well, we can take a bunch of A's and B's and hide them in Taiwan or
> something to do these kind of service for the rest of the world :)

This isn't a new idea; in fact, there are groups in Taiwan which do
just that as a revenue-generating business, although I've never heard
of anybody doing it for computer programs in particular. Son May is
notorious for this; they copy everything from VHS tapes through audio
CDs to DVDs, produce their own packaging, and sell them at low
prices. There are dozens of similar, smaller operations.

In all signatories to the Berne convention, any attempt to import such
products should result in the goods being confiscated by customs. In
the US, importing or knowingly retailing them is also a federal
offence.

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