[ale] We Win, We Win!!!

Steve Litt slitt at troubleshooters.com
Tue Apr 6 22:26:45 EDT 2021

Solomon Peachy via Ale said on Tue, 6 Apr 2021 06:53:01 -0400

>On Tue, Apr 06, 2021 at 02:22:57AM -0400, Steve Litt via Ale wrote:
>> How did we win? How does one pick sides between two gigantic asshole
>> monopolies? I mean yeah, I despise Ellison, but Google's not my
>> nominee for citizen of the year.  
>Because regardless of how you feel about the litigants, one side 
>(Oracle) is clearly "wrong".  Oracle was effectively trying to extend 
>patent-like rights to copyright (ie protecting "ideas"), which would 
>have resulted in an ummitigated disaster for the entire software 
>industry.  And had ripple effects well beyond that.

That makes sense.

>(Ironically one of the losers would be Oracle, as two of their
> products are reimplementations of APIs created by Amazon and IBM, 
> respectively.  On the Linux front, the carcass-of-SCO lawsuits would 
> suddenly gain real teeth -- After all, who actually "owns" specific 
> UNIX APIs?  And so forth..)

Yes, I remember the SCO debacle back in the day, it was very
threatening even to me, an ordinary Linux user. Thanks for the


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