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Open-Source Firm Decries Software Abuse

Nov 23, 2010, 17:32 (2 Talkback[s])

"An open-source software company claims a website violates its trademark and uses it to distribute a media-player program riddled with "potentially malicious" spyware. Geeknet and VideoLAN, creator of the VLC Media Player, claim Tightrope Interactive violated the VLC trademark, which VideoLAN has used since 1998.

"VideoLAN, a French nonprofit, wants Tightrope enjoined from distributing programs through its website, vlc.us.com.

"VideoLAN and Geeknet, which distributes the free VLC Media Player on its SourceForge site, accuse Tightrope of trademark infringement, cyberpiracy and violating California's consumer protection law against spyware. They claim Tightrope's program loads potentially dangerous and system-debilitating programs, Trojan horse-style, unbeknownst to the user."

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