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NewsForge: Closing the Legal Briefcase on Mambo vs. Furthermore Copyright Dispute

Sep 30, 2004, 01:45 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)

"By now most of you have heard of the copyright infringement and code theft claims involving the Mambo content management system and businessman Brian Connolly. Legal questions have been raised, guesses have been made, commentary has flowed forth, and all involved in the dispute have had their 15 minutes to relay their sad tales of injustice. Now it is time for the facts, and NewsForge can definitively say that Connolly's legal claims against the Mambo community are baseless.

"Some background: Brian Connolly, co-founder of the Literati Group, had paid Mambo developer Emir Sakic to customize Mambo OS (in this instance, OS stands for open source, because there is a closed-source version of Mambo called Mambo CMS) to look like a newspaper. Part of this customization involved Sakic coding a text block for the front page that would span the usual two-column news listing. This lead story block involved little more than a colspan HTML attribute inside of an otherwise standard table cell element and a few lines of associated code to make it look somewhat different..."

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