[SATLUG] Fw: [Wftl-lug] Open Source Licences Legally Enforceable

Enrique Sanchez Vela esanchezvela at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 15 09:29:08 CDT 2008


I thought you would find this interesting....


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--- On Fri, 8/15/08, Marcel Gagne <marcel at marcelgagne.com> wrote:

> From: Marcel Gagne <marcel at marcelgagne.com>
> Subject: [Wftl-lug] Open Source Licences Legally Enforceable
> To: "The WFTL LUG" <wftl-lug at salmar.com>
> Date: Friday, August 15, 2008, 8:59 AM
> Good day, everyone.
> 
> The legal power of open source licencing has won a major
> victory, upheld by 
> the United States Court of Appeals. I hope you will read
> the whole thing over 
> at http://tinyurl.com/6yhp7u , but the following quote is
> particularly 
> interesting:
> 
> The lower court ultimately ruled that Jacobsen could not
> sue Katzer and Kamind 
> Associates for copyright violation because the Artistic
> License is 
> "intentionally broad."  The appeals court
> dismissed that argument in its 
> ruling, and said that open source software developers have
> the right to 
> dictate the terms under which their products can be used or
> modified.
> 
> That's right, folks. The person who wrote the software
> has the right to 
> decide. Other takes on this story, for those who are
> interested, include:
> 
> Groklaw :
> http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=2008081313212422
> ZDNet : http://government.zdnet.com/?p=3941
> BBC News :
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7561943.stm
> 
> There are plenty more sources out there, but this gives you
> a sampling of what 
> will inevitably represent a major sea change in how open
> source and open 
> source licensing is viewed.
> 
> Take care out there.
> 
> -- 
> Marcel (Writer and Free Thinker at Large) Gagné
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