china buying software

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Fri Jan 21 19:30:03 UTC 2011

On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 19:39, Cybe R. Wizard
<cybe_r_wizard at> wrote:
> In fact, upon further reflection I doubt that an illegal /version/ of
> Linux is even possible.  The distribution (giving away, selling,
> passing on) of a Linux copy may well be illegal, but the actual
> software, the copy, can't be illegal if I am reading the GNU licenses
> correctly. Once it is in the hands of the end user it is perfectly
> legal.  The passing on of the copy is what is at question, not the
> actual OS.
> Therefore there cannot be /any/ illegal copies of Linux in China or
> anywhere.
> Thoughts?

The distro / install could be illegal if it includes non-FOSS
components, such as mp3 codecs.

Dotan Cohen

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