I'll try to do my best to explain my point of vue, but keep in mind that english is far from being my native language.
Google translate is my friend, but my english teacher was not.
What I want to say is that all of these discussions tire me.
I spent much time to code the LiberKey tools and I know that I have robbed no one.
I am tired that this project in which we have given so much energy is constantly accused of being illegal. And yes, most of time, John T Haller is the one who opens the debate. No software editor present in LiberKey never complained, exept John.
We have already acknowledged making a mistake with John's apps on a very old version of LiberKey. We had then immediately stopped its distribution when we received the email from John. But it's always the same old story...
People who talk about this subject always use "may or may not", "probably", many assumptions, but no real complaint from authors/editors. Do you realy think that France is a small village far far away? Of course editors can contact us, John did it. An email has been enough to be heard. And of course we want to do "legal" things. The reason no one complains has nothing to do with the fact that we are a "small" project located in France (not so small, John. Thanks for your contribution). It's just that we have no problem with the software publishers. And we have no problem with them because our approach is honest. It's that simple.
Initially, we are just fans who have wanted to share with other some software that we find great, and do this in a portable way. The spirit is really not to want to appropriate the work of others, but to offer our work.
But John, you're always there, always with the same strong word "illegal".. Are you policeman ? (And now you have found a new toy: "Piracy".. I'm starting to wonder if this is not pathological ..)
That you insist in this way suggests that either you're very resentful or we are competitors, or both..
I'm just tired of all of that and I have no time to waste to feed this endless controversy.
You are not legitimate for defending the rights of third parties. I'm sure google does not need your help to do so. We have no reason to justify us to you.
You are always talking about rights, so you surely know what means "defamation". This is exactly what you are doing with LiberKey.
Andrew Lee wrote:
(..) by providing a tool that downloads and repackages the various components on the user's machine, surely that is a legal thing to do? That would surely get around the legal traps under the current system and shouldn't be that difficult (just a script to unpack and repackage the files). The end result would be the same!
Like the "Chrome Portable" setup provided by John T Haller, it's an "online installer"...
It makes me think that John T Haller has PROBABLY no authorisation from google, and PROBABLY he is doing illegal things.. Interesting hypothesis..
What would you think, John, if we had spent our time to publish similar assumptions about portableapps.com?
There was a time when John T Haller attacked LiberKey on the technical aspects. As he can no longer do so because LiberKey is better than PortableApps he now spends his time trying to damaging the image of the project on the legal aspect.
I am sure that readers can understand what is happening here: John T Haller is afraid of LiberKey because we are technically a real competitor. That's his only real problem here and this debate is the manner he found for trying to push us out of the ring.
Writing this post took me over two hours.. (yes, english is not easy for everyone) so I stop here.
Have a good day, and long life to portable apps..