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InfoWorld: GPL May Be Unenforceable Under German Law

Aug 06, 2003, 16:00 (52 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Blau)

[ Thanks to Jeff Smelser for this link. ]

"German has opened the doors wide open to open source software, with the federal government leading the charge. But users here could face some serious legal issues, according to Gerald Spindler, a professor of law at the Georg-August University in Göttingen.

"Spindler was asked by the German software association Verband der Softwareindustrie Deutschland e.V. (VSI) to examine the legal implications of open source software. His 123-page, highly-detailed study comes to several conclusions that could make many existing and potential users of open source software think twice about running the increasingly popular 'free software on their computers. Among them: The General Public License has no legal validity in Germany.

"It's worth noting that VSI is a lobby group for closed source software vendors and that any report from this camp is likely to be critical of open source..."

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