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    Inside the container. In the program internals the code writers and company place their credentials.

    It is exceedingly easy to not do what was done. They were allowed to use the code. There isn't a legitimate reason to strip the code of identifiers.

    It is a bumble.

    Atheistic Determinist and Contemplative Contrarian.

    by ShockandAwed on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 01:26:26 PM PDT

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    •  Not really a legitimate reason (1+ / 0-)
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      But it's not illegal. Read my comment farther down (and the TorrentFreak comments) for why. ~ @MatthewBorgard

      by zegota on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 01:37:05 PM PDT

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      •  BSD 3-point (0+ / 0-)

        You're not allowed under the BSD license to remove the authorship information.

        Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

        by Phoenix Rising on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 02:35:52 PM PDT

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        •  yes you most certainly are (2+ / 0-)
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          allowed to strip the authorship information. But you have to put it back if, and only if, you pass that code on to someone else. A fine point but the essence of open software licensing. So. If it was a contractor doing the stripping then yes, they violated the license when they passed the result to the gov. If someone in the gov wrote the code using that library then no, they didn't 'pirate' it because they didn't redistribute to someone else.

          47 is the new 51!

          by nickrud on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 03:18:06 PM PDT

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          •  Heavens to Betsy! Obama cuts the tags off the (2+ / 0-)
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            Obamacare mattress.

            "So what if a guy threw a shoe at me!"

            by FoodChillinMFr on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 03:47:22 PM PDT

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          •  As a software developer who works for a (0+ / 0-)

            government contractor, I've wondered about this in the past. If I work on a contract where I develop the software under contract, with the source code as a deliverable, am I considered to be transferring code to the government? If I sell the source code as a product, that might be different.

            Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

            by AaronInSanDiego on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 12:45:11 AM PDT

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