April 23, 2004

GPL gains clout in German legal case

A German court has required a company to comply with the terms of the General Public License, giving some legal weight to the increasingly important
document that governs Linux and innumerable other open-source programs.

The case involves netfilter/iptables, open-source networking software for tasks such as firewalls for protecting a network from unwanted traffic.
Harald Welte, one of the main netfilter authors, sued a Dutch company, Sitecom, alleging it used the software in a wireless network product without
abiding by the terms of the General Public License (GPL).

Link: news.com


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