2004.01.15 13:46 "Re: [Tiff] http://www.libtiff.org/", by Joris Van Damme
And to put a face to a name...
I must say I'm astonished that it's even possible to hijack a site this way, for this reason. Do I understand correctly that he
- took the site simply for putting some links on it? Presumably so as to increase Google scores and such too?
- is making money by having people 'donate to LibTiff', purely for his own private business?
I'm no longer convinced we should only regain what's ours. This man is commiting crime and fraud, while making a mockery of all open data format, open source and on-line community spirit. He should be reported and sued. Is there a computer crime department in the German police? I know Belgium has such a department, and we're neighbours, so it's not unlikely.
I still believe making noise is the right way. Volume may matter more then individual efficienty. Andrey, how about it? I'm sure if you ask we're all willing to massively post complaints about abuse to his ISP, German computer crime police if it exists, the organisations this man is a member in, etc... Anyone related basically, up to and including his parents, wife and children if we can find them. That should be a nice start.
Willem van Oranje once said that it is not necessary to expect to win in order to fight. Some things are so important that they you owe it to yourself to fight, no matter what outcome you expect and no matter what degree of efficienty your fighting actions have. I still think we ought te be ashamed of ourselves if we simply let this go by, this is a matter of principal.
Joris Van Damme