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Open source licensing suits settle in short order

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lawyersweekly.ca: Many open source licences are only two or three paragraphs long and read more like a manifesto than a traditional software licence. The simple but unorthodox nature of open source licences, along with the fact that the software is provided “free,” has lulled many into a false sense that these licences must surely be unenforceable and that the use and redistribution of open source software will have no consequences.

Novell slapped with suit for new mini-OS

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blogs.techtarget.com: Astrum Inc., a software security company in Carrollton, Texas, has filed suit against Novell Inc. Astrum claims that Novell violated its contract regarding development of the mini-operating system appliance that Novell launched last month, Novell’s JeOS.

Unix beardies sue BSI over OOXML

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theinquirer.net: A BAND OF BRITISH British Unix beardies has issued a High Court challenge over the national approval of Microsoft's OOXML document standard. The UK Unix User Group has demanded a judicial review.

FreeBSD developer Kip Macy charged with tenant terror

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theregister.co.uk: Prominent FreeBSD developer Kip Macy has been charged with waging a campaign of terror against people renting apartments in a six-unit building he owns. He stands accused of cutting out floor supports to retaliate against a tenant who went to court to keep from being evicted.

Another GPL suit ends with compliance

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blogs.the451group: The SFLC has settled yet another GPL lawsuit, this time agreeing to dismiss its case against High-Gain Antennas. Similar to prior agreements to comply, the latest GPL settlement comes with some key requirements for the defendant, which was sued for distributing GPL’d BusyBox code in its wireless connectivity devices without properly sharing source code.

BusyBox Developers and High-Gain Antennas Agree to Dismiss GPL Lawsuit

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softwarefreedom.org: The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) and High-Gain Antennas today jointly announced that an agreement has been reached to dismiss the GPL enforcement lawsuit filed by SFLC on behalf of two principal developers of BusyBox.

Software patent case defendant seeks support of FOSS communit

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linux.com: Barracuda Networks is actively seeking the support of the free and open source software (FOSS) community in its battle against a patent suit brought against it by Trend Micro. The suit revolves around Barracuda's distribution of Clam Antivirus (ClamAV), the well-known FOSS security software, with its firewall and Web filter hardware appliances.

News about LANCOR v. OLPC

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Groklaw: I was reading some cynical documents just filed in the LANCOR v. OLPC litigation. Yes, it's begun in a Nigerian court. LANCOR has actually done it.

BusyBox Developers and Xterasys Corporation Agree to Settle GPL Lawsuit

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softwarefreedom.org: The Software Freedom Law Center today announced that it has settled the GPL violation lawsuit filed on behalf of BusyBox developers Erik Andersen and Rob Landley against Xterasys Corporation.

BusyBox Developers File GPL Infringement Lawsuit Against Verizon Communications

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softwarefreedom.org: The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that it has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Verizon Communications, Inc. on behalf of its clients, two principal developers of BusyBox, alleging violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

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