The GPL Wins Again--Welte vs. Skype Technologies SA (Germany)
May 09, 2008, 13:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Today was the hearing in Skype's appeal of an earlier judgment
against it for a GPL violation. Harald Welte, as part of the
gpl-violations.org project, brought the matter to court in Germany
back in February of 2007, seeking to enforce the GPL against Skype.
The case is Welte vs. Skype Technologies SA, and he won an
injunction in the lower court. But Skype wanted to appeal to the
higher court in Munich, alleging ... hahahaha ... well, something
about antitrust, à la Dan Wallace, I gather. You'll recall
the Wallace v. FSF appeals court ruled on that theory in the US
"The GPL encourages, rather than discourages, free competition
and the distribution of computer operating systems, the benefits of
which directly pass to consumers. These benefits include lower
prices, better access and more innovation..."