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Red Star OS is closed sourced, why aren't they sued? [closed]

asked 2018-06-17 01:18:10 -0500

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updated 2018-06-17 18:03:56 -0500

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I don't get this, if all GNU/Linux Distros including Fedora is GPL license , my understanding is that if anyone were to make a modified distro out of Fedora, then they would legally have to make it open sourced, right? But then how come Red Star OS (which is based on Fedora) is closed sourced then and how are they legally able to get away from this?

I get it that Red Star OS is a North Korean Operating System which is made by Korea Computer Center, but Korea Computer Center also operates in contries such as Germany so how come the Linux Foundation nor Fedora has not made the attempt to sue Korea Computer Center for making Red Star OS closed source? Red Star OS

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Closed for the following reason question is off-topic or not relevant by florian
close date 2018-06-27 19:03:33.292166



President Trump just met with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un. There are rumors that they talked about Red Star OS...don't worry, it'll be fixed.

fcomida gravatar imagefcomida ( 2018-06-17 09:49:46 -0500 )edit

I don't know why, but your Wikipedia link wasn't showing properly. I've edited your question to correct it.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2018-06-17 18:04:58 -0500 )edit

Strictly speaking, this question isn't really appropriate for a tech support forum. However, it's a good question and deserves an answer, so as moderator I approved it and am leaving it open. I hope somebody here knows the answer.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2018-06-17 18:07:19 -0500 )edit

@sideburns Thanks man, do you know the answer to this question though?

Joe232 gravatar imageJoe232 ( 2018-06-17 18:55:50 -0500 )edit

Only a guess. Given that this is North Korea, the Korea Computer Center may not acknowledge that any foreign court has jurisdiction and simply ignore any judgments against it. (How could anybody enforce one, anyway?) And, since they're probably selling copies for the costs of media and copying, which is allowed, I doubt that there's anything to collect, even if you could.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2018-06-17 19:16:50 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-06-18 00:00:26 -0500

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Sorry to be blunt, but a copyright lawsuit with a country with whom trade and nuclear war is imminent is probably not super important.

But yes, it is illegal (it should technically be licensed under the GPL, but it isn't..). The matter will probably be handled in due time, but not right now. We're still on shaky grounds with the country.

Here's another thread talking about it: https://softwareengineering.stackexch...

Hopefully it does get resolved though :)

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But they also operate in Germany. SO couldn't they get sued through Germany?

Joe232 gravatar imageJoe232 ( 2018-06-22 01:42:25 -0500 )edit

Not sure, maybe they could. Doesn't really matter too much in the grand scheme of things right now. NK's still on shaky grounds with the global community in general.

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2018-06-23 01:00:15 -0500 )edit

I thought the owners of Fedora OS and the Linux foundation would be pissed off that somebody used their products and violated their terms and use it to actually harm innocent people's lives for example spying on them and collecting as much data of each individuals as possible and if caught with foreign materials on their computer then they can either be executed or put in prisons.

Joe232 gravatar imageJoe232 ( 2018-06-23 20:48:09 -0500 )edit

Not enough to sue a country who has previously threatened nuclear war with the United States.

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2018-06-27 17:28:37 -0500 )edit

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