From a Groklaw comment

The Code

Authored by: Rodrin
on Friday, February 27 2004 @ 12:07 AM EST


The Code
(with apologies to Edgar Allan Poe)

I.

Hear them talk of stolen code--
Unix code!
Since a failing company they're trying to unload!
Hear them ranting, ranting, ranting
Of their company's despair!
How they go on gallivanting
Till the journalists come panting,
Smelling scandal in the air;
Hear them whine, whine, whine,
Though their claims they can't define,
Hoping that an offer from Big Blue they can thus goad
For the code, code, code, code,
Code, code, code--
For this washed out company's long outdated code.

II.

Now they bring up Sequent's code--
Dynix code!
Oh, for Linux users very well this does not bode!
"Through the kernel we did pore;
Found a million lines, or more!
It is precious now to us,
And trade secret;
So we'll put up such a fuss,
For by giving it to Linux, Big Blue failed thus
To keep it!
Oh, from us you may download
Every single line of this, our precious, secret code!
But we're owed,
Though we've bestowed
Our permission to download,
Yes, to all, the license showed,
Be they filing or compiling,
For the code, code, code;"
For the code, code, code, code
Code, code, code;
For this hard to keep what's not so secret code!

III.

Now they speak of Linux code--
Header code!
For which there is copyrighted attribution owed!
Though the POSIX standard now,
That it's theirs they do avow!
And amused by more than half,
Coders can but laugh, laugh
On the floor;
Though this is a weak invention since they could not find a buyer,
Just another prop for sagging stock is all that they require;
Push it higher, higher, higher!
To cash out they now aspire;
Since their stock, it could collapse,
Press releases mustn't lapse
Till they all have got out the door;
Header code, code, code!
That he wrote this Linus showed,
And I quote:
"The details in them aren't the same;"
In fact he had a bit of shame
For those old and ugly macros that he wrote;
Yet there was proof there, in the flaws
Of toupper()
And tolower()
That there'd broken been no laws;
But this recent episode
Of conniving
And contriving
The true motive once more showed
Of those lying and decrying over simple header code;
Header code!
Over code, code, code, code,
Code, code, code!
Over trivial, yet original header code!

IV.

They return to Big Blue's code--
In house code!
"Though it's not trade secret, it has derivation owed
To our Unix, since that you
Paired the code with our code too;
Work derived from work derived is ours as well;
That's what our contracts say;
See, right here, Exhibit A
Thus does tell;"
"But what of C? Exhibit C?
Take a look and you will see
That rights dwell
With those coding, coding, coding
To reuse now, or to sell,
Or give license for downloading;"
But these words on deaf ears fell;
For though neither law nor contract
In any way disputes this fact
They persist,
Claiming IBM reveal,
And they steal, steal, steal, steal.
Steal
Every line of code,
And they are somehow owed
For every line of code
Even though it can't be showed;
Still they whine, whine, whine,
Though their claims they can't define
For every line of code!
Still they whine, whine, whine,
Though their claims they can't define
Of the taking of their code!
Of their code, code, code!
Or forsaking of their code!
Still they whine, whine, whine,
"We are owed, owed, owed,"
Yet claims still they can't define
Of the stealing of their code!
Of their code, code, code!
Or revealing of their code!
Of their code, code, code, code,
Code, code, code!
Of impinging or infringing on their code!