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If it's because the legal system is in better shape there, I hope it won't be lost when (if ?) diluted into the EU.
ELCE11: Till Jaeger on AVM vs. Cybits
Posted Nov 2, 2011 16:41 UTC (Wed) by stefan_schmidt (guest, #67347)
I think several facts are related to this. First of all Harald Welte is from Germany and thus gpl-violations.org has all its cases here. Another point is that in other countries like the US such cases are often handled out of court. AFAIK the FSF is doing such GPL violations work in the US as well but tries to handle this outside of the court.
Posted Nov 2, 2011 16:42 UTC (Wed) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167)
It could be a neutral sign, maybe German companies are just more willing to "take a punt" on going to court rather than settling before hand. Or it could be that Germany has an unusual number of violators.
But mostly I think it's one person, Harald Welte.
Posted Nov 2, 2011 16:46 UTC (Wed) by stefan_schmidt (guest, #67347)
Just to make this clear here. Its not like Harald is dragging the companies into court. The large majority of cases gpl-violation has handled are out of court as well.
And this case was already brought in front of the court by AVM and Cybits. He just joined them to make sure his opinion and rights as license holder are reflected in the ruling.
Posted Nov 3, 2011 3:42 UTC (Thu) by ncm (subscriber, #165)
Posted Nov 3, 2011 9:33 UTC (Thu) by jschrod (subscriber, #1646)
But a very big difference between US and Germany is that trials are not as expensive here as in the US. For each law case there's a "standard" lawyer fee that's regulated and that's dependent on the amount of money involved ("streitsumme", didn't find a translation for that). First, the money involved is not as high as in the US, and second, the loser pays that standard fee of the winner's side. A difference might also be that we have a civil law system instead of the Anglo-American common law system, but that's for a lawyer to explain. ;-)
Posted Nov 4, 2011 13:56 UTC (Fri) by paulj (subscriber, #341)
Posted Nov 28, 2011 1:49 UTC (Mon) by stock (guest, #5849)
Germany is one of the last real innovative countries in the EU.
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