MPAA Caught Violating Copyrights? (Again?)

First of all, this isn’t the first time this has happened. Anyone remember the Linkware incident?
Anyways, recently the MPAA has released a University Toolkit (The toolkit site)and has promoted it to many universities across the U.S. so that they can spy on students to catch them doing “illegal activities”. Now besides the obvious privacy concerns here, there’s another issue at hand. This toolkit is essentially a modified version of Xubuntu. This is not lightly modified either. According to the Ubuntu Trademark Policy, once *buntu has been modified past a certain extent, you can no longer use the *buntu logo or name.

…but removing or changing any infrastructure components (e.g., shared libraries or desktop components) will result in changes too large for the resulting product to be called by a Trademark.

None of the default Xubuntu artwork has been removed. That’s not all though. There’s also another rule they break. Whatever software they are using in this toolkit, it’s definitely not in the Ubuntu repositories. And according the the Ubuntu Trademark Policy this is a no-no

If you are producing a new product which is based on Ubuntu but which has more substantial changes than those described above as a Remix, you are allowed to state (and we would encourage you to do so) that your product is “derived from Ubuntu”, “based on Ubuntu”, or “a derivative of Ubuntu” but you may not use the Trademarks to refer to your product. In some cases you may be allowed to use the Trademarks, but we’ll need to discuss that. In that event, these products will need a trademark license, and such a license can be revoked if the nature of your divergence from Ubuntu changes. Products which include very invasive changes, such as a new kernel, the inclusion of packages which are not part of the Ubuntu repositories, or anything else that significantly impacts the technical quality or user experience would fall into this category are unlikely to be approved.

Not only are they violating Canonical’s and Ubuntu’s Trademark and Logo, they may also be violating the GPL License. There is no place to get the source code for this toolkit and according to the GPL if you modify and/or distribute a work that was licensed under the GPL, it must remain under the GPL and the source code must be made available.

For example, if you distribute copies of such a program, whether gratis or for a fee, you must pass on to the recipients the same freedoms that you received. You must make sure that they, too, receive or can get the source code. And you must show them these terms so they know their rights.

You may convey a work based on the Program, or the modifications to produce it from the Program, in the form of source code under the terms of section 4, provided that you also meet all of these conditions:

  • a) The work must carry prominent notices stating that you modified it, and giving a relevant date.
  • b) The work must carry prominent notices stating that it is released under this License and any conditions added under section 7. This requirement modifies the requirement in section 4 to “keep intact all notices”.
  • c) You must license the entire work, as a whole, under this License to anyone who comes into possession of a copy. This License will therefore apply, along with any applicable section 7 additional terms, to the whole of the work, and all its parts, regardless of how they are packaged. This License gives no permission to license the work in any other way, but it does not invalidate such permission if you have separately received it.
  • d) If the work has interactive user interfaces, each must display Appropriate Legal Notices; however, if the Program has interactive interfaces that do not display Appropriate Legal Notices, your work need not make them do so.

So, why is the default Xubuntu artwork still on there? Why is it still called Xubuntu? Where is the source code?

Obviously the MPAA doesn’t practice what it preaches. So, can anyone take the MPAA seriously anymore?


I Love These Things

Whenever this happens it gives me a good laugh. I was browsing around when this popped up:


So I tried to close it and then this popped up:

(sheesh, this thing won’t go away 😛 )

Then when I clicked Cancel another window popped up:

It finally went away after that. It’s funny that they assume everyone runs Windows. Proof that these things don’t actually scan anything and are pure scams.

Compiz 0.6.2 Backported to Gutsy

Well a few updates just came down out of the Gutsy backports. These happened to be Compiz 0.6.2 😀

compiz (1:0.6.0+git20071008-0ubuntu1.1) to 1:0.6.2+git20071119-0ubuntu1~gutsy1
compiz-core (1:0.6.0+git20071008-0ubuntu1.1) to 1:0.6.2+git20071119-0ubuntu1~gutsy1
compiz-fusion-plugins-extra (0.5.2+git20070928-0ubuntu1) to 0.6.0+git20071121-0ubuntu1~gutsy1
compiz-gnome (1:0.6.0+git20071008-0ubuntu1.1) to 1:0.6.2+git20071119-0ubuntu1~gutsy1
compiz-plugins (1:0.6.0+git20071008-0ubuntu1.1) to 1:0.6.2+git20071119-0ubuntu1~gutsy1
libdecoration0 (1:0.6.0+git20071008-0ubuntu1.1) to 1:0.6.2+git20071119-0ubuntu1~gutsy1

If you would like to update your Compiz, Simply enable the Gutsy Backports repository by going System→Administration→Software Sources. Go to the Updates tab and enable the Gutsy Backports


Reload the Software Sources when prompted. You should then receive an update notification. Have fun 😀

One of the things I noticed is that the drop shadow offset now works properly when adjusted.

I Had to Use the Command Line…

In Windows! Yes, that’s right. I had to use the command line in Windows. As far as I know, the only way to convert a FAT32 drive to NTFS without using any kind of third party program, is to open up a Command Prompt. The reason I found this funny is because one of the main reasons people say that Linux isn’t “ready for the desktop” (whatever that means) is that it doesn’t have a GUI for certain things. Linux gets criticized because it doesn’t have a graphical tool for everything and you have to use the terminal every once in a while. Usually goes something like: “you have to edit config files by hand. Linux isn’t ready for the desktop.” Now you can’t tell me Windows has a GUI for everything. So that said, I have made up my mind. Windows isn’t “ready for the desktop”. I had to use the command line. 😆

(I do actually prefer to use the command line in Linux for certain things.)