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Re: FOSS devs can collect damages from license violators

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____/ nessuno on Tuesday 23 Feb 2010 20:26 : \____

> On Feb 22, 4:20 pm, Roy Schestowitz <newsgro...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
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>> ____/ nessuno on Monday 22 Feb 2010 21:28 : \____
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>> > <Quote>
>> > Robert Jacobson, the developer behind the open source Java Model
>> > Railroad Interface (JMRI) project, finally prevailed in a long-running
>> > open source software license enforcement lawsuit against Matthew
>> > Katzer, the owner of a company that sells commercial model train
>> > software.
>>
>> > Katzer initially threatened Jacobson and JMRI with a patent
>> > infringement lawsuit in 2005, and demanded hundreds of thousands of
>> > dollars in licensing fees. Upon investigating Katzer's claims,
>> > Jacobson was surprised to discover that Katzer had misappropriated
>> > significant amounts of JMRI code, using it without attribution in a
>> > commercial software package. Jacobson retaliated against Katzer's
>> > patent suit by filing a copyright infringement suit....
>>
>> > The threat of having to pay monetary damages will give software
>> > companies a big incentive to refrain from abusing or misappropriating
>> > open source software code.
>> > </Quote>
>>
>> >http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2010/02/ruling-foss-devs-can-...
>>
>> Microsoft has violated the GPL at least (and got caught twice last year).
>> Wouldn't it be funny if those freeloaders at Microsoft were forced to 
pay?
>>
>> - --
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> The terms of the agreement are open (for a change).  Katzer had to pay
> Jacobsen $100,000 (not enough IMO), among other things.

Microsoft gave that sum to ASF.

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