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Wired: Mattel Suit Takes GNU Twist

Mar 28, 2000, 17:17 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Declan McCullagh)

"Mattel's claim of victory Monday in a lawsuit over its Cyberpatrol filtering software may be premature."

"The toy giant said during a court hearing here that it had acquired intellectual property rights to a program that reveals Cyberpatrol's secret list of off-limits websites and settled the case. Mattel said it planned to use its new copyright in court to ban Internet copying of the "cphack" utility."

"But cphack's authors released it under the GNU General Public License, which appears to permit unlimited distribution of the original cphack program, even if Mattel now owns the copyright."

""Once you do that you can't revoke it," said Bennett Haselton of Peacefire, a group opposed to filtering software that temporarily put up its own cphack mirror site."

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