[NetBehaviour] Bruce Perens: Inside Open Source's Historic Victory.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Feb 23 12:06:06 CET 2010
Bruce Perens: Inside Open Source's Historic Victory.
About the Author: Bruce Perens, creator of the Open Source Definition,
the manifesto of Open Source and the criterion for Open Source software
licensing, was an expert witness in the Jacobsen v. Katzer court case.
He tells the story of the legal wrangling that produced a historic
victory for Open Source:
Jacobsen v. Katzer is closed, after five years. Open Source won, and
big. A manufacturer who attempted to collect royalties from an Open
Source developer has lost two patents. As terms of his settlement with
the developer, the manufacturer is paying $100,000 to the Open Source
developer, has agreed to place himself under a permanent injunction, and
has signed a release of any liability to all members of the Open Source
project. The case was not “sealed” like so many settled cases, so its
documents are available to the public now.
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