china buying software

Christopher Chan christopher.chan at
Thu Jan 20 13:29:19 UTC 2011

On Thursday, January 20, 2011 09:07 PM, Liam Proven wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 12:50 PM, Amedee Van Gasse
> <amedee-ubuntu at>  wrote:
>> On Thu, January 20, 2011 02:54, Cybe R. Wizard wrote:
>>> On Thu, 20 Jan 2011 02:42:54 +0100
>>> Jan Claeys<lists at>  wrote:
>>>> Unfortunately, there are probably as many illegal copies of linux
>>>> made/sold in China as there are illegal copies of Windows
>>> How is an illegal copy of Linux even possible?
>>> Cybe R. Wizard
>>> --
>>> Registered GNU/Linux user # 126326
>>> Registered Ubuntu User # 2136
>> It's ironic that a Registered GNU/Linux user doesn't know that it is
>> possible to have an illegal copy of Linux. ;-)
> Actually, I think that Cybe's is a good question and none of the
> responses to it here really satisfy me as answers.
> If the /distributor/ has screwed up&  not me the terms of the GPL,
> that does not, AIUI, make the /users/ responsible. IOW the copies of
> Linux are not "illegal", it is the creator/distributor that is falling
> foul.

Copies are illegal if you do not point to where the recipient can get 
the source if they wish. If you make a copy and give it to somebody 
else, then you are already a distributor and no longer a user. Of 
course, making copies of standard distro isos will most assuredly not be 
illegal since we can point them to any mirror at any time.

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