[linux-elitists] German Court Says GPL is Valid (fwd from brian-slashdotnews@hyperreal.org)

Eugen Leitl eugen@leitl.org
Fri Jul 23 14:55:16 PDT 2004


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Date: 23 Jul 2004 19:26:03 -0000
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Subject: German Court Says GPL is Valid
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Link: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/07/23/1558219
Posted by: michael, on 2004-07-23 17:29:00
Topic: 117, 145 comments

   from the im-namen-des-volkes dept.
   [1]Axel Metzger writes "The Munich District Court has ruled on May 19,
   2004 that the main clauses of the GNU General Public License are valid
   under German copyright and contract law. This seems to be the first
   judgment worldwide proofing the validity of the most popular free
   software license. The ruling is a confirmation of the [2]preliminary
   injunction of April 2, 2004. The new judgment gives on 20 pages the
   reasons for the ruling. It states explicitly that the terms of section
   2, 3 and 4 of the GPL are valid under German copyright and contract
   law. Here is the [3]German text of the judgment; an English
   translation will be available soon. The judgment comes at the right
   time to fight those (SCO and others) who challenge the legal validity
   of the GPL in Europe and elsewhere. The lawyer of the plaintiffs, Till
   Jaeger from Munich should be granted the Free Software Award."

References

   1. http:www.ifross.org
   2. file://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/15/1649250&tid=123
   3. http://www.jbb.de/urteil_lg_muenchen_gpl.pdf

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