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The GPL Wins Again--Welte vs. Skype Technologies SA (Germany)

May 09, 2008, 13:30 (0 Talkback[s])

"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 already:

"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..."

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