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Subject: Re: Othello : Legal issues
From: Neon John (johngd_at_bellsouth.net)
Date: 2004-06-09


On Tue, 8 Jun 2004 16:10:09 +0200, Björn Stenberg <bjorn_at_haxx.se> wrote:

>Salokyn wrote:
>> What legal issues made you remove othello ?
>
>Rockbox is an open and transparent project. In fact, I dare say it is the most transparent project I know of. We log everything we do, every mail we send, every line of IRC chat, and all code modifications. Everything is out in the open, allowing anyone to study the history and making of the project.
>
>The listed author of the Othelo plugin, who calls himself "Bluechip", refuses to tell us who he is. This has left us legally vulnerable, since we do not know who wrote of all the code we distribute.
>
>I have for a long time tried to convince "Bluechip" to identify himself, but he steadfastly refuses. Today I tried and failed yet again. I see no other solution than to remove the offending code.

This is control-freakism out of control. Totally out of control.

>
>The legal status of the Rockbox project is very important, since we work in an area (reverse-engineering) where some people and companies believe we do not have a right to work. I am not willing to take any chances regarding this.

Pray tell, what do you think having some name associated with some code has to
do with this? What possible link can you see between having a name and the
legal status of Rockbox? If BlueChip gives you a name today what would you do
with it? It would provide zero information about where his bits came from or
their relationship to the original Archos code.

You really don't know who ANY of us are. The name I use on the net could be
an alias. I know several people who are active on the net who use perfectly
reasonable sounding names that are not their own. If I'd had 20-20 hindsight
20 years ago when I started 'netting I'd have never, ever let my real name
appear on the net.

BlueChip, why don't you just play their silly game, plop open a phone book,
grab the first name your eyes land on and give that to Bjorn? That way Bjorn
can think he's in control and you can maintain your privacy.

John

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John De Armond
johngdDONTYOUDARE_at_bellsouth.net
http://bellsouthpwp.net/j/o/johngd/
Cleveland, Occupied TN
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