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### the-fool-notion-of-stating-that-copyleft-is-dead *originally posted:* mar 2021 hellwig v vmware-- this is not the first "uh-oh" case finding, and although its around copyright the patent world is chock full of things like this. free software keeps fighting processes that encourage and lead to additional bogus patents. its not my desire to be too glib, or entirely dismissive, just to guard against ignorance by exaggeration. since i cant speak as a lawyer without first becoming one, ill have to speak about this as someone with good reason to concern themselves with such matters. hellwig v vmware is being described as an attack on aggregate copyright. i believe it is more a threat to open source than to free software (if even that). maybe the giafam mothership (a shame it isnt the p-funk mothership, oh well) is trying to bring its spawn home again. open source is (generally) about revamping corporate development, to exploit cheap labour and to gain more control over a movement that makes users free. perhaps this is a problem for them, however since law is generally created by lobbyists, i would sooner believe this is a shot across the bow that will be weakened or overturned. in the long term, i suspect this would make it more difficult (lets call this a guess) for corporations to exploit labour towards creating large, bloated applications. its odd to see this spun towards an attack on copyleft itself, because copyright in the non-free or openwashed development world depends on the same aggregation that copyleft does. maybe theyve managed to cut an arbitrary line between the two, im looking at this very much as an outsider to the situation, but if theyve cut an arbitrary line it probably isnt a very strong one-- expect it to be challenged. this may even be used as propaganda against copyleft (if we dont see exactly that already) before disappearing into the night. but lets pretend those concerns are actually how things work now. that could effectively make large bloated software impossible to copyleft. big deal. that would mean those who push copyleft become averse to big aggregate (bloated) projects, and rely instead on smaller, more modular components that have relatively few authors. this sounds basically win-win to me. actually it sounds like a nothingburger with cheese, but if the rumours are anything but, this could still work. naturally, my advice to everybody who is concerned about this is to develop a general aversion to ridiculously bloated, unmaintainable, made-for-corporate-rule kitchen-sink solutions like systemd and dbus. you can never be too careful. => https://wrongwithfreesw.neocities.org