Green Dam built on copyright, open source violations

Green Dam built on copyright, open source violations

Summary: The Register reports that China's Green Dam - Youth Escort software not only rips off Cybersitter software from Solid Oak but also uses open source code without proper attribution.A poster on SourceForge wrote:I am posting to reveal the factor that there is a Chinese software develped with OpenCV has bought by inistry of Industry and Information Tech (MII) of China at 41,700,000CNY ( about USD 6,000,000).

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The Register reports that China's Green Dam - Youth Escort software not only rips off Cybersitter software from Solid Oak but also uses open source code without proper attribution.

A poster on SourceForge wrote:

I am posting to reveal the factor that there is a Chinese software develped with OpenCV has bought by inistry of Industry and Information Tech (MII) of China at 41,700,000CNY ( about USD 6,000,000). This software named Green Dam - Youth Escout, develped by Zhenzhou Jinhui Computer System Co. Ltd of China. This ompany deleted the BSD license document which should be included in OpenCV when released it. MII of China bought it on last month for its one-year-using license and require that all the computers sold in China MUST pre-install this software. [sic]

Another poster verifies the use of OpenCV:

From XFImage.xml it can be observed that Green Dam uses OpenCV's Haar classifier in undergoing human face detection. Included with Green Dam, cximage.dll, CImage.dll, xcore.dll and Xcv.dll, also library files from OpenCV. This all suggests that Green Dam primarily uses OpenCV to process images. However, as is done with much of domestic Chinese software, Green Dam has disregarded OpenCV's BSD license.

Topics: China, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

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  • What?

    It would be so very nice if an editor could interpret the blog posts before they are disseminated or at the very least correct the spelling mistakes so that the casual reader might be able to understand what the post was about. That withstanding, everyone knows that there are certain countries that seek to undermine other countries and their businesses by allowing this type of cyber thievery and the export of knock-offs of every product thought to be profitable. From software and media to electronics. Knowing that all we can do about the problem is complain about it, these countries and their inhabitants are pretty much free to do what they want without concern for reprisal.
    Ra6907@...
    • quotations

      Since I was pasting in sourceforge comments from non-English speaking posters, I did not fix the typos but noted them with a [sic]
      rkoman@...
  • It's China...

    given how much rampant copyright infringement goes on there(pirated Windows), it's really not a stretch that they treat copy[i]left[/i] with the same disrespect.
    Tony Agudo
    • After all, it's not as though...

      ...communists are big on respecting or protecting
      property rights.
      JohnMcGrew@...
  • RE: Green Dam built on copyright, open source violations

    What surprise! Chinese companies have been notorious for
    stealing the designs/formulas and now code of other
    companies and selling it. And this happens in connivance
    with the Govt.
    Very recently Nigeria caught a consignment of China made
    fake drugs with a 'Made in India' label!

    But as long as US is driven by Chinese money, everything
    goes under the carpet!
    iAbhishek
  • Open-Source Violations: the "cool thing" to litigate, by Sadien, Inc.

    The FSF put a severe hurting on Cisco a few weeks ago, when Cisco folded under a federal lawsuit for violating an open-source agreement.

    The FSF tried for years to "nicely" ask Cisco to play by the rules.

    In December of 08, the FSF filed suit. Cisco settled 4 months later.

    Copyright law has teeth... My group preaches daily (and has done so for years), that "free software isn't license-free software."

    I do have to admit... bringing down Green Dam, for a copyright violation against a freely distributed software package, is just juicy. However, the fundamental problems with the Green Dam / Chinese Government issue still remain.

    Sadien Staff
    Sadien, Inc.
    http://www.sadien.com
    Sadien
  • China - built on copyright, open source violations

    Thats China for you ;)
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Green Dam built on copyright, open source violations

    So is anyone actually surprised that China violated copyright laws? China has been at the forefront of copyright piracy for a couple of decades. The open source violation is just tacky. All they have to do is give credit where credit is due. That looks like some second rate code writer in China is trying to pass him/herself as being competent.
    fredh@...