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Re: Legality of Fedora in production environment



On Fri, 11 May 2007, Dmitry Butskoy wrote:

The using of software in business and production environment can be a subject for legislative regulation. It can lead to some legal troubles of using of distributions like Fedora.

Recently the appropriate laws in my country (Russia) have been significantly toughened. Now the police can check for illegal software usage by their own initiative (without request from the owner). The tax inspection demands that software should be registered at accounts departments.

During such a checking, the user is obliged now to show all hardcopy license documents (with original signatures and stamps). But there are no any such things for distros like Fedora, which have been just downloaded from Internet, hence the user shows nothing. In this situation the police *must* temporarily confiscate system blocks (up to 2 weeks) for further checking... Certainly, after the checking period all hardware comes back, but such troubles are not allowed for normal business.


Are there any similar troubles in other countries?

How it can be avoided?

Scribus and a color printer? With the proper tools you can make something that looks "official".

Howe do they know the stamps and discs for the proprietary stuff are "real".

Sounds like your local vendor is using the bad law to their advantage.

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ANSI C also says that struct assignment is a memcpy. Therefore struct
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