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Windows 7: VMware alleged to have violated Linux’s open source license for years

28 Mar 2015   #31
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
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In addition I agree with the other posters -- most Govts have much more important things to worry about than people playing DVD's on their computers / phones / tablets rather than a TV.
It's much easier to round up ordinary people, than criminals and terrorists (especially if it pleases their corporate donors).
However what's the point if you only get 2 USD out of them -- if the Lawyers pursue those ridiculous multi-million dollar lawsuits against individuals how do they think they would EVER get paid in any case.

There's a MEGA difference between getting ANY court judgement and actually being able to ENFORCE it. (CIVIL cases -- Criminal cases are another matter entirely). Even if you are 100% right - how in the world will you manage to get a million dollar claim against someone with ZERO assets and on a minimum wage - or even not working. Even in the USA I think people realize there's a huge difference between suing someone and actually GETTING any money back. The only winners are as always the Lawyers.

AFAIK nobody is being harassed for using VLC -- an EXCELLENT piece of FREE software in every way.

Cheers
jimbo


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28 Mar 2015   #32
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

With the new updated Federal Regulation, People on U.S. Social Security that have direct deposit or SS debit card the U.S. account can not be frozen from a garnishment/judgement order if you have less the two months backpay if you have more only part can be frozen and garnished but you can still get it back. The Bank/CU/Debit card can't even charge a garnishment fee unless you have more then two months worth of Social Security in the account. This also applies to a few other federal benefits.
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28 Mar 2015   #33
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
However what's the point if you only get 2 USD out of them -- if the Lawyers pursue those ridiculous multi-million dollar lawsuits against individuals how do they think they would EVER get paid in any case.
I saw a US news item a few years ago (2009) claiming that Exxon had finally paid the fines they received as a result of the Exxon-Valdez disaster.
The story finished by saying that Exxon spent more money fighting the fine than if they had just paid it in the first place.

Note:
It was not clear if they meant the fine + punitive damages or just the fine.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Even if you are 100% right - how in the world will you manage to get a million dollar claim against someone with ZERO assets and on a minimum wage - or even not working. Even in the USA I think people realize there's a huge difference between suing someone and actually GETTING any money back. The only winners are as always the Lawyers.
Everyone apart from the RIAA apparently:
RIAA Spent $17.6 Million In Lawsuits... To Get $391,000 In Settlements?
Companies apparently learned the lesson and they moved to a variant of the Organised Crime model, "pay us some cash or we'll sue":
The RIAA? Amateurs. Here’s how you sue 14,000+ P2P users
They even tried it here in Australia.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
AFAIK nobody is being harassed for using VLC -- an EXCELLENT piece of FREE software in every way.
I haven't heard of anyone being sued for using VLC either.
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