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What could software patent and copyright holders do with the IPR enforcement directive?
by Ian Brown, Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR)
SCO has threatened Linux users across the US with lawsuits, based on its claim that Linux contains copyrighted SCO code. And the wide range of software patents granted in the US could be said to be infringed by any number of free software tools.
Meanwhile, the European Parliament is in the final phases of considering legislation that would provide powerful new legal mechanisms against infringers of intellectual property rights. The European Commission is busy trying to overturn amendments to draft European legislation on software patents. What could patent and copyright holders threaten European free software users and distributors with if this legislation was passed?
Shut down free software distribution sites
Destroy free software distribution CDs and presses, at the user's cost
Demand damages and legal costs
Require public apologies
Encourage national criminal sanctions
License local companies to take action
Demand the handover of systems running infringing software, and company records — without hearing the user's side
Ban further software use or distribution, with recurring penalties
Seize bank accounts, without hearing the user's side
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The grey market (in U.S. spelling, gray market) refers to the flow of goods through distribution channels other than those authorized or intended by the manufacturer or producer.
Originally posted by ufia
Last time I checked the Business Software Alliance has no legal authority to search your computers. If they knock at your door, kick them out and don't let the door hit them in the butt on their way out.
BSA resort to scare tactics to get your business to agree to an audit out of fear or pure ignorance about laws. The auditors want you to show original receipts licenses for all installed softwares on your computers.