LCA: Cooperative management of package copyright and licensing data
Posted Jan 20, 2010 18:49 UTC (Wed) by JoeBuck
Parent article: LCA: Cooperative management of package copyright and licensing data
"Early GPL enforcement actions against companies like Cisco were, arguably, misplaced: Cisco was just gluing its nameplate onto hardware (and [Kate Stewart] software) supplied to it by far-eastern manufacturing operations."
I disagree. Cisco was distributing GPL software without source, or any way to obtain source, so it was in violation of the copyright terms. Now that Cisco knows it will face legal costs for this kind of thing, it will require its contractors and offshore subdivisions to comply with the terms. This means that going directly after Cisco was the most efficient way to address the problem.
The only difference between this kind of unknowing infringement, and blatant, conscious infringement is that courts usually don't impose punitive damages on an unknowing infringer. Either way, the problem has to be corrected.
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