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[News] Challenges in Embedded Free Software Licensing Compliance

  • Subject: [News] Challenges in Embedded Free Software Licensing Compliance
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 05:42:09 +0100
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FOSS license compliance in the consumer electronics market

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| Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) license compliance is 
| a contentious topic. There are different perspectives 
| about when and how license terms apply, about which 
| licenses can be used together, and about how potential 
| issues should be resolved. The consumer electronics market 
| is an area where FOSS license compliance is particularly 
| problematic. This is primarily attributable to economic 
| reasons rather than dishonesty, but in a market worth more 
| than $335 Billion in 2008, it is an issue worth exploring.



French court hands GPL victory

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| It's the reason why Microsoft's Steve Ballmer calls
| Linux viral. But French courts obviously think it has
| merit because the GNU General Public Licence has been
| upheld in a court of appeals in France.


Big GPL copyright enforcement win in Paris Court of Appeals

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| An education organization in France has successfully
| sued a software vendor for failing to comply with the
| open source General Public License. The ruling is
| significant because it demonstrates that software
| recipients, and not just developers, can launch GPL
| enforcement cases in France.


Big Win for GNU GPL in France

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| One of the fallback positions for purveyors of FUD is that
| the GNU GPL may not be valid, because it hasn't been
| properly tested in court. That's getting increasingly
| implausible as a stance. After being upheld in Germany a
| few times, here's a big decision in its favour in France:
|  In a landmark ruling that will set legal precedent, the
|  Paris Court of Appeals decided last week that the company
|  Edu4 violated the terms of the GNU General Public License
|  (GPL) when it distributed binary copies of the remote
|  desktop access software VNC but denied users access to its
|  corresponding source code. The suit was filed by
|  Association pour la formation professionnelle des adultes
|  (AFPA), a French education organization.
|  ...
|  The events of the case go back to early 2000, when Edu4
|  was hired to provide new computer equipment in AFPA's
|  classrooms. Shortly thereafter, AFPA discovered that VNC
|  was distributed with this equipment. Despite repeated
|  requests, with mediation from the Free Software Foundation
|  France, Edu4 refused to provide AFPA with the source code
|  to this version of VNC. Furthermore, FSF France later
|  discovered that Edu4 had removed copyright and license
|  notices in the software. All of these activities violate
|  the terms of the GNU GPL. AFPA filed suit in 2002 to
|  protect its rights and obtain the source code.

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