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TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

As you may have seen in the news today, Trump's media team has set up their own social network "Truth Social".

What they aren't admitting is it's actually just a Mastodon instance with all the Mastodon branding removed, including all of the messages acknowledging that it is FOSS, as required by the software's free open source licence. This is breaking the terms of the licence, and is essentially stealing the software from the volunteer community which made it.

This kind of behaviour cannot be accepted by anyone who believes in FOSS. Keeping to the requirements of a FOSS licence is fundamental to building software together. If powerful people get away with stealing FOSS, people may be reluctant to build FOSS in the first place.

Hopefully someone will take legal action, but in the meantime we can block these instances in case they try to federate:

truthsocial.com
tmediatech.io

TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

Update via @schlink

The Libre campaign group @conservancy is threatening to sue Trump if he doesn't obey rules of Mastodon licence:

theverge.com/2021/10/22/227403

TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

Another update...

Mastodon's own lawyers have now sent a letter to Trump team demanding they publish the community-made libre source code which Trump has stolen and claimed as proprietary:

vice.com/en/article/93b5kp/mas

TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips #Deadringers and #SpittingImage are going to have a field day.

TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips Who said "Gab"? Am I hearing things?

@feditips@mstdn.social if they used F12 to figure out that it's just Mastodon, that would be considered malicious hacking now.

TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips
Hey, @fsf , we've got GPL violation here!

TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips

@echo_pbreyer
@KonstantinNotz

My feeling is that the EU
(as in 鈥淓U鈥)
should take legal action.
Otherwise I will personally consider the EU as completely failed and inhuman and never ask anything again. Promised.

However, if not, FYI
@ilumium
@eest9
@kirschner

TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips since Mastodon is using a GPL license, FSF should be able to help
gnu.org/licenses/gpl-violation

@fsfe @gargron

TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips I wonder if the license violation is enough to get it kicked off the Apple Appstore? I imagine the app there is also a clone of tusky or some other app.

re: TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips I hope so much that he ends up having to be \@realdonaldtrump again on his own social network.

TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips pls show a screen shot stating that this is a mastadon instance and i will join your cause and block

TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@jodii10z

There's a screenshot in the original post, plus others found the Mastodon mascot in the TruthSocial error message:

twitter.com/brianturley/status

There is no reason for the mascot to be there other than that TruthSocial have cloned Mastodon and are now trying to hide it.

That twitter chain has more details.

(Thanks to @trebach for pointing this out)

re: TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips

Add this one to the list.

freestateranch.com/

TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips So where do I contribute to the defense fund that'll help @Gargron to sue the living hell out of these grifters?

re: TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips Maybe we should all sign up with variations on his name, and call him out every time he posts something....would that help?

re: TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@procnias

I would say just block block block.

If someone is stealing libre software and removing all the credits of the volunteers who made it, and then adding their own copyright message onto it, they clearly aren't acting in good faith.

There is no point engaging with people who act in bad faith, they will never care what you say or think.

re: TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips Also a good point. Rather than give him traffic, we can bad mouth him elsewhere.

re: TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips it's not even out you imbeciles
It looks like Eugen himself is planning to take legal action:

I do intend to seek legal counsel on the situation though. Compliance with our AGPLv3 license is very important to me as that is the sole basis upon which I and other developers are willing to give away years of work for free.


https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/nice-start-trumps-truth-app-may-violate-terms-of-open-source-code-its-built-on

re: TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips >blocking a site that doesn't even federate

You may as well block google.com. This accomplishes absolutely nothing, and only serves to stoke fear.

re: TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@genmaicha

This isn't stoking fear, it's raising the alarm.

If Google set up its own Fediverse instance by stealing libre software in this way, the message would be exactly the same: block (and if possible sue).

re: TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips And what does that accomplish? At the end of the day, it will devolve into a petty campaign of transitive blocking ("instance A federates with instance B, so we have to block instance A"). This is what happened when Gab joined, and you're just repeating the same cycle of pettiness. The entire fediblock meme is childish and quite frankly embarrassing to watch.

re: TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@genmaicha

"The entire fediblock meme is childish and quite frankly embarrassing to watch."

And yet here you are, continuing to comment on this thread, complaining about others being childish.

One unintended consequence of Trump's new social network venture may end up being that all the news articles about it in mainstream media will acquaint a much broader audience with the basic facts of open source licensing! I hope at least a few of the non-tech publications printing stories about this follow up with articles educating their readers more fully on open source.

re: TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

@feditips federating with them looks fun
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