[MPlayer-dev-eng] KiSS of copyright

Diego Biurrun diego at biurrun.de
Wed Mar 17 17:52:59 CET 2004

Tuukka Toivonen writes:
 > On Tue, 16 Mar 2004, D Richard Felker III wrote:
 > >It's very simple. KiSS has committed a crime which makes them liable
 > >for millions of dollars (at least under US law, dunno about other
 > >countries). We can press charges/file civil suit, with then intention
 > In Finland/Denmark (wasn't KiSS from Denmark?) the sum would be quite

KiSS is Danish.

 > definitely smaller. They would need to pay for damages and possibly some
 > punishment amount. It's hard to show that infringing GPL actually caused
 > some monetary damages, and I don't think that there would be high
 > amount of money for punishing KiSS either.

This is not about GPL infringement, this is a copyright violation.  In
any case the risk is squarely on KiSS' side, we do not have a business
that is in jeopardy.

 > And of course one would need to first show in court that they
 > really stole code, it might be obvious for us but maybe not for
 > judge.

In our case it is _extremely_ obvious.  It's hard to imagine a better
case for creating an example.


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