Mikael Pawlo on Tue, 26 Feb 2002 23:42:01 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-bold] First GNU GPL court case

Things are moving forward in the NuSphere ./. MySQL AB dispute. This is the
first test in court of the enforceability of the GNU GPL license used by
many free software developers.

The preliminary injunction hearing will take place at 2:00 PM on February
27,2002 at the Federal court house in Boston, Mass.

On June 15, NuSphere and Progress sued David Axmark personally, Michael
"Monty" Widenius personally, MySQL AB, TcX DataKonsult AB, and John Doe
Corporation for breach of contract, tortious interference with third party
contracts and relationships and unfair competition.

On July 11, MySQL AB filed a suit for trademark infringement, breach of the
interim agreement, breach of the GPL license and unfair and deceptive trade

A lot of questions on this case are answered in this only slightly biased FAQ:

FSF pressrelease on FSF Lawyer and Board Member Serves as Expert Witness in
Lawsuit Related to GNU GPL:

More on free software:

Best regards

Mikael Pawlo


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