Thursday, November 16, 2006

Insanity, Anyone?

Seen on Slashdot:

An anonymous reader writes

"There's a federal case in the Northern District of California where copyright for open source is being challenged. The free software project JMRI discovered that a commercial company was using some of their files in a product, in violation of the license. They added a copyright claim to an ongoing legal action about cybersquatting, software patent abuse, etc. The patent case was covered on Slashdot back in June but the copyright part is new. The other side came back with an argument that copyright law didn't apply, simply because they software was 'being given away for free.'"
This is insane. for those who want to read JMRI's license, see The Artistic License.

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