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The Butterfly-Amazon Open-Source Saga Continues

Free Software

Published on 18 January 2011 10:52 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
13 Comments

Since a few hours ago when talking about how a company is ripping off open-source projects on Amazon, more information has come in. Sure, what the company is doing might be technically legal under the GPL (though in at least the case of Dangers of the Deep, not complying with the artwork's license too), but arguably unethical with the company in question. Butterfly Media is even taking screenshots from the free software projects' pages and then voiding them of their titles, but on at least one account is distributing a non-free software program in likely violation of its license.

The account in particular is that of the Orbiter game.

Adobe might also have issues that this Butterfly Media company also attempts to be passing off "Photo Studio" (their Inkscape clone) as being an Adobe product.

To some comical amusement, this UK company is also showing off the Inkscape "Photo Studio" as even being able to "Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CD's" all from this single photo application. (See here.)

It's also been discovered by Phoronix readers that this company is passing off GnuCash as "Small Business & Personnel Finance Manager", the Ardour music application is called "Music/Audio Editing Tool-kit", PDF Creator is resold as "Create Your Own PDF", and DVD Flick is "DVD Studio."

The discussion is continued in the forums.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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