That isn't what he asked. He explained the problem to them, asked
them to rectify it, and their response was "here, talk to our lawyers".
Which is merely a discrete way of saying "f*** off, we're bigger".
Infer at will, please, if you will.
I know phk personally (give or take a little, we're from the same
country, and have both participated vigorously in the same UNIX user
group [yes, there have been such entities]); for those who are unaware
of his credentials, let me cut and paste the following from the FreeBSD
GBDE manual page:
This software was developed for the FreeBSD Project by Poul-Henning Kamp
and NAI Labs, the Security Research Division of Network Associates, Inc.
under DARPA/SPAWAR contract N66001-01-C-8035 (``CBOSS''), as part of the
DARPA CHATS research program.
Poul-Henning Kamp <phk@FreeBSD.org>
So for the benefit of any xenophobes here, rest assured, he's cleared
for a NASA-powered Mars-walk when the time comes.
As for the issue at hand, I can only support phk, it's an open and shut
case. Of course, anybody and everybody is free to argue that if one
walks through Central Park (or whatever your local Mugger's Delight is
called), one is merely fighting a losing battle. At the end of the day,
however, it becomes a question about what behaviour we deem acceptable,
whether or not fighting back seems fruitful.
There's an old Scandinavian proverb (quite possibly of foreign origin)
which simply says ""Those who keep quiet, agree".
Do you agree?