Mozilla throwing a wrench in UK anti-piracy effort

Amusing story by Mozilla Foundation’s Gervase Markham, the person in charge of licensing. Basically, an officer of the UK’s Trading Standards office could not get around the fact that it was okay for companies to sell versions of Mozilla as long as they abided by GPL, even though Mozilla gives it away for free.

I wrote back, politely explaining the principles of copyleft – that the software was free, both as in speech and as in price, and that people copying and redistributing it was a feature, not a bug. I said that selling verbatim copies of Firefox on physical media was absolutely fine with us, and we would like her to return any confiscated CDs and allow us to continue with our plan for world domination (or words to that effect).

Haha. The loveliness of GPL. World domination by open-source! Sounds good to us.
Via Times.UK

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