[linux-elitists] Munich Court Again Enforces GPL

Eugen Leitl eugen@leitl.org
Fri Apr 15 04:17:55 PDT 2005


Link: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/04/14/2024258
Posted by: timothy, on 2005-04-14 20:49:00

   from the weg-to-go dept.
   [1]BrianWCarver writes "Despite earlier concerns reported on Slashdot
   that the [2]GPL might be particularly difficult to enforce in Germany,
   that country's courts now hold the distinction of having enforced it
   twice. The first enforcement came in 2004 when Harald Welte of the
   netfilter/iptables core team sought to enjoin Sitecom from
   distributing its WL-122 router, which used netfilter's GPL'd code,
   without also providing the source code and a copy of the GPL, as that
   license requires. The Munich Court [3]granted Welte a preliminary
   injunction and then [4]upheld that injunction ([5]Court's decision in
   English pdf) and now Sitecom provides the source code from [6]their
   website. Welte, who also now runs [7]gpl-violations.org to track GPL
   violations, and who personally [8]handed over warning letters at Cebit
   to companies not in compliance with the GPL, reported on his blog
   today that he has [9]obtained a new preliminary injunction enforcing
   the GPL, this time against Fortinet for distributing their firewall
   products (FortiGate and FortiWiFi) that include GPL'd code while
   Fortinet refuses to release the source. Congratulations again to Welte
   and [10]his attorneys!"

References

   1. http://www.sharealike.org/
   2. http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/07/02/0245228&tid=117
   3. http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/15/1649250&tid=123
   4. http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/07/23/1558219&tid=117
   5. http://www.jbb.de/judgment_dc_munich_gpl.pdf
   6. http://www.sitecom.com/
   7. http://www.gpl-violations.org/
   8. http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/03/15/1439219&tid=117
   9. http://gnumonks.org/~laforge/weblog/2005/04/14#20050414-fortinet-injunction
  10. http://www.jbb.de/

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