Re: Unix Time Zone Format
On Fri, 7 Oct 2011 11:39:26 +0100
Darac Marjal <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 07, 2011 at 08:16:32PM +1000, Weaver wrote:
> > This Intellectual property rubbish is beginning to make me angry.
> > What now?
> > Are we expected, each and everyone of us, supposed to pay a stipend
> > to some johnny-come-lately opportunist?
> Not necessarily. That is why we have courts to decide these things. If
> the court decides that Johnny Come-Lately (herein referred to as Mr
> Come-Lately) does own the intellectual property, then yes. In this
> case, Debian would likely have to drop the relevant package(s) and
> seek some other source of the data.
> If, however, the court decides that Mr Come-Lately doesn't have a
> claim or that the time-zone data wasn't infringing, then no, I see no
> reason to pay someone for something they have no right to request
> payment for.
> However, the nice thing about the system is the ability to challenge
> such claims. Be thankful you live in a world with such freedoms.
I'm afraid that it is becoming increasingly obvious that we don't.
"In a world without walls and fences,
what need have we for Windows or Gates?"