SuSE: Temporary Injunction Against SuSE 'Obsolete' After Out-of-Court Settlement
Jan 09, 2002, 21:24 (7 Talkback[s])
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Xenia Von Wedel, SuSE's US representative, writes:
Nuremberg/Germany, 09.01.02 - The temporary injunction issued by
the regional court in Munich, Germany against SuSE Linux, has
become obsolete with immediate effect. Consequently, SuSE can
continue to distribute its operating system SuSE Linux 7.3.
Crayon Vertriebs GmbH in Kiel brought the temporary injunction,
to inhibit any future potential dilution of market value of their
brand "Crayon". The plaintiff felt that the copyright of their
brand was infringed by the sale of the picture manipulation
software "Krayon" advertised within the software product of SuSE
Linux 7.3. Both parties today agreed to an out of court settlement.
The plaintiff relinquished their right as formulated in the
temporary injunction, and SuSE GmbH was not required to submit
payment for any license fees.
"Krayon" is part of the Open Source project of KDE, which
incorporated the graphical user interface as well as some
applications for deployment of Linux on the desktop. The program
"Krayon" itself is not included in SuSE Linux 7.3, as currently the
KDE team does not actively pursue development of this component.
However, the term "Krayon" is merely listed in the menu of the KDE
start-menu function contained in SuSE Linux 7.3.
Thanks and regards,
Xenia von Wedel
Senior Account Executive
THE TERPIN GROUP
(650) 344-4944 ext 104