Israelis use Free Software to inject malware to blogs
shai at platonix.com
Tue Jan 24 15:47:26 IST 2012
On 24/1/2012, 13:31, Nadav Har'El wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 24, 2012, Shai Berger wrote about "Re: Israelis use Free
Software to inject malware to blogs":
> > On Tuesday 24 January 2012 13:02:25 Tomer Cohen wrote:
> > > Why do you think that intentional security holes are breaking the GPL?
> > It's not the holes that violate the GPL, but the claim of copyright.
> Are you sure this is a "GPL violation"? Sounds to me like a lie
Mis-phrasing on my part.
The claim of copyright is not entirely a lie -- the translators do have
copyright to their work.
The violation is in distributing code while not allowing users to modify it.
The GPL does not, in itself, give recipients the right to modify the code; it
just "forces" the modifier-distributor to give them this right.
Thus, Nitzan would, in fact, be committing copyright infringement if he
distributed a "cleaned up" version of the translated theme. With the current
situation, nobody is allowed to distribute them (in this regard, it is a
little like the old KDE controversy).
Shlomi Fish wrote:
> Ira Abramov <hamakor at ira.abramov.org> wrote:
> > So I ask again, is the community in favor of asking the va'ad to publish
> > a sharp condemnation of this event and the perpetrators?
> I do, but first we need to find out if it falls under the scope of
> Hamakor's charter. I know we are pro-free-and-open-source-software (FOSS),
> but are we entitled to act against malware?
A) Assuming there is a GPL violation involved, with no doubt we are.
B) Even if there is no GPL violation, the actions under discussion are
interfering with people's use of free software. It's hard for me to see how
Hamakor can stay out of it.
If it wasn't totally clear, I'm with Ira on the need to act.
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