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CNET News: GPL Gains Clout in German Legal Case

Apr 23, 2004, 20:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"A German court has required a company to comply with the terms of the General Public License, giving some legal weight to the increasingly important document that governs Linux and innumerable other open-source programs.

"The case involves netfilter/iptables, open-source networking software for tasks such as firewalls for protecting a network from unwanted traffic. Harald Welte, one of the main netfilter authors, sued a Dutch company, Sitecom, alleging it used the software in a wireless network product without abiding by the terms of the General Public License..."

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