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German company claims it can disregard GPL requirements in aggregated software

Jun 23, 2011, 01:04 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"According to the FSFE, AVM is trying to claim that the entire product should be regarded as copyright by AVM. It's not uncommon for distributors to claim a copyright on an aggregated work, but generally if you're shipping software that is under different licenses it's customary to note that the individual packages have their own terms. In other words, Red Hat Enterprise Linux or openSUSE may have an aggregate copyright, but that doesn't affect the individual licenses. So if I want to ship a modified version of the RHEL 6.1 kernel, I can do that regardless of the aggregate copyright.

"AVM is trying to say that it can copyright the bundled product and not be subject to the terms of the GPL."

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