Free Software and the Trading Standard Folk

I just read the most hilarious story about the UK Trading Standards Branch. It appears that some stores in northern England were selling CDs containing Mozilla Firefox. They got in touch with the licensing person at the Mozilla Foundation, and apparently were somewhat less than impressed with the response from the foundation, One of their emails read:

“I can’t believe that your company would allow people to make money from something that you allow people to have free access to. Is this really the case?” she asked.

“If Mozilla permit the sale of copied versions of its software, it makes it virtually impossible for us, from a practical point of view, to enforce UK anti-piracy legislation, as it is difficult for us to give general advice to businesses over what is/is not permitted.”

The story can be read in it’s entirety at,,9075-2051196,00.html


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