March 2, 2002

Judge grants injunction in MySQL AB vs. NuSphere GPL case

Author: JT Smith

From a press release at Gnu.org: In a decision handed down today in Boston, US District Judge Patti B. Saris ruled on the preliminary injunction motion in MySQL AB vs. Progress Software Corp. On the trademark dispute, on which the Free Software Foundation (FSF) takes no position, she has ruled that Progress Software is enjoined from marketing products under the MySQL trademarks until trial.

On the matter of Progress' distribution rights under GNU GPL, she has not granted an injunction. In the public hearing this week, Judge Saris made clear that she sees the GNU GPL to be an enforceable and binding license, but that as long as Progress Software appears to be presently in compliance with the GNU GPL, there is probably no irreparable harm being caused to MySQL AB. (Mikael Pawlo clued us in.)

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