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Re: The GPL is unenforceable under U.S. copyright law


From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: The GPL is unenforceable under U.S. copyright law
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 15:17:14 -0400


"Doug Mentohl" <address@hidden> wrote in message news:address@hidden
"The GPL is unenforceable under U.S. copyright law", Rjack

Produce any citation where a recipient of GPL code successfully fought and won such a case.

There was the case of Verizon, sued by the SFLC for violation of the GPL due to their distribution of a router product based on Linux and BusyBox utilities. To wit:

"WHEREFORE, Plaintiffs respectfully request judgment against Defendant as follows: (1) That the Court issue injunctive relief against Defendant, and that Defendant, its directors, principals, officers, agents, representatives, servants, employees, attorneys, successors and assigns, and all others in active concert or participation with Defendant, be enjoined and restrained from copying, modifying, distributing or making any other infringing use of Plaintiffs' software.

(2) That the Court order Defendant to pay Plaintiffs' actual and consequential damages incurred, in an amount to be determined at trial;

(3) That the Court order Defendant to account for and disgorge to Plaintiffs all profits derived by Defendant from its unlawful acts;


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(4) That the Court order Defendant to pay Plaintiffs' litigation expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees and costs of this action; and (5) That the Court grant Plaintiffs any such further relief as the Court may deem just and proper. "




Verizon refused to do anything, noting that the case was bullshit and that they would fight. The SFLC then filed a dismissal and nothing happened to Verizon.




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