FOSS and the Labyrinthine Land of Licensing

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Article Source LinuxInsider
May 29, 2009, 4:00 am

The open source movement may well have gotten a great boost from a court decision that could make it easier to enforce FOSS licenses.

Last December, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision in the matter of Jacobsen v. Katzer, ruling that breach of an open source license can support a claim for copyright infringement with associated remedies. The court’s ruling may also require recognizing that the open source copyright owner has standing to sue downstream licensees for copyright infringement…