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SuSE: Temporary Injunction Against SuSE 'Obsolete' After Out-of-Court Settlement

Jan 09, 2002, 21:24 (7 Talkback[s])

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
(650) 344-4944 ext 104

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