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Please read this... it is important... [Apr. 12th, 2002|10:30 am]
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Ladies and Gentlemen,

It appears as though all versions of the ljwin32_sema client, and versions of the lj_win32 client after v1.3.8 are illegal for use.

The current maintainer of the lj_win32 is claiming that use of any client based from his code is illegal due to licensing violations.

At the present moment, this is still being proven.

So you may have to remove any versions of the Windows client as detailed above.

The thread that starts to try and explain it can be found here.

I hope this gets sorted soon.

[User Picture]From: pat57
2002-04-12 02:39 am (UTC)
I don't understand. What does that mean?
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[User Picture]From: stephaniewalker
2002-04-12 02:46 am (UTC)

doesn't look too good!
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From: varno
2002-04-12 03:08 am (UTC)
I've just read all of the threads you listed above... and OMG... visions likes to stir! But I guess none of us really know the full story so can't comment.

Its definately a toughie, but I'm gonna contiune using the Semagic client for now... but could quite easliy go back to using the so called Offical Win32 client if needs be.

Its a strange old LJ world we live in!
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[User Picture]From: moosical
2002-04-12 04:38 am (UTC)
Why is it when I try to picture visions I see a little snotty kid taking his ball away from everyone else becaue he lost whatever game he was playing


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[User Picture]From: gdj
2002-04-12 05:20 am (UTC)
This is all very sad! I would not be surprised to see this take LJ down, if they are not careful. I've got a permanent account, but it would have me thinking seriously about my continued involvement, if it were not for the relationships that are represented and maintained here.
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[User Picture]From: nikichick4
2002-04-12 07:33 am (UTC)
hmmm, so if i dont stop using it, what happens? Will they know I'm using it?
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[User Picture]From: katster
2002-04-12 08:43 am (UTC)
this is stupid, as best I can tell. The only thing I can ponder that possibly set this up is over the whole spellchecker thing, because the client is GPL'd, no? As best I can tell, nobody's charging for anything, and if I *understand* the GPL right, forking the code is perfectally acceptable...the only thing that might cause problems is the spellchecker license.

*shrug* ah well. it just, if you're the sort that wants to keep everything legal, and you're using either the newer "official" win client or lj_sema, you're basically forced to downgrade. I mean, I know I purposely made the switch because of a few cool features lj_sema had over the official client, and to be quite frank, if they're going to want me to stop using it, they're either going to have to block me at the server (which would suck) or I need a better explanation other that visions is being a petulant ass over something I'm not completely sure is his to be an ass over. The spellchecker thing is my best guess given what I know about the codebase and stuff.

Anyway, there's always pocketlj, no? ;)
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[User Picture]From: bnb
2002-04-12 01:11 pm (UTC)
Its GPL'd, he can't do it!!!

It ain't been tested legally, but he should read

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