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Wed 25 Nov 2020 5:38PM

Statement on Tooter: The 'swadeshi' twitter alternative

PP Pirate Praveen Public Seen by 27

Tooter.in [1] is just copying Free Software and shamelessly calling it 'Made in India'. It is made by people from around the world and shared freely.

Either they did not write even a single line or they are violating the Affero GPL copyright license, which requires them to publish their changes. They are linking to original code in gab project repos (which is a fork of mastodon).

Even the terms of service is just copied with references to first amendment in the USA.

Free Software allows anyone to use, share, modify and redistribute software. But you are still required to follow the specific conditions of the copyright license. You cannot claim copyright to code written by others.

This is not the first instance of such false claims. It has become a trend to take Free Software, falsely and shamelessly claim as 'Made in India', without writing even a single line of code. Beware of such frauds and promote the Free Software idea, if you notice such instances.

[1] https://indianexpress.com/article/technology/social/meet-tooter-the-swadeshi-answer-to-twitter-everything-you-need-to-know-7063883/

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Poll Created Wed 25 Nov 2020 5:39PM

Publish this statement on Tooter on our website Closed Sat 28 Nov 2020 6:00PM

Tooter.in [1] is just copying Free Software and shamelessly calling it 'Made in India'. It is made by people from around the world and shared freely.

Either they did not write even a single line or they are violating the Affero GPL copyright license, which requires them to publish their changes. They are linking to original code in gab project repos (which is a fork of mastodon).

Even the terms of service is just copied with references to first amendment in the USA.

Free Software allows anyone to use, share, modify and redistribute software. But you are still required to follow the specific conditions of the copyright license. You cannot claim copyright to code written by others.

This is not the first instance of such false claims. It has become a trend to take Free Software, falsely and shamelessly claim as 'Made in India', without writing even a single line of code. Beware of such frauds and promote the Free Software idea, if you notice such instances.

[1] https://indianexpress.com/article/technology/social/meet-tooter-the-swadeshi-answer-to-twitter-everything-you-need-to-know-7063883/

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Pirate Praveen
Agree
Wed 25 Nov 2020 5:41PM

I think this would be a good opportunity to explain Free Software and the idea of people all over the world collaboratively building software to challenge big corporations controlling software and collecting personal data.

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Deleted User
Agree
Fri 27 Nov 2020 10:44AM

I agree with that

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Pirate Bady Thu 26 Nov 2020 9:50PM

here's another example:

CPI(M) leaders said the online video conferencing tool was developed two months ago for internal party meetings. Two Polit Bureau meetings were held using the in-house tool during the lockdown.

They said the tool developed by the CPI(M) for internal use is secure and has robust privacy settings.

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/coronavirus-cpim-uses-own-video-tool-for-cc-meet-cpi-leaders-meets-on-zoom-865739.html

they didn't use 'made in india' label explicitly, but some media reported it as 'developed' by CPI(M). the so-called in-house developed app is actually BigBlueButton (screenshots here). the problem here's also with the media as they do not care enough to verify the claims or their tech teams don't understand the difference between 'developing' and 'self-hosting'.

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Deleted User Fri 27 Nov 2020 10:54AM

But the same media couldn't hide the frustration of Nanda choice of word Lutyens Media..

I agree that Made in india is claim which is more of gimmick to get user on their plateform.

Security flaws and other tit bits are subject to my independent reasearch.

They copy Twitter look or what not is common practice in Industry. Where companies keep things align so user adopt fast...