Time runs out for timezone lawsuit

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is touting a victory
in a copyright lawsuit that had the potential to shut down the
database that all Linux and UNIX-based platforms and many
time-based applications use to keep track of the ever-changing
global timezones.

In September 2011, the suit was brought against Alfred Olson and
Paul Eggert, who maintained the timezone database at the National
Institutes of Health, by Massachusetts-based Astrolabe, Inc., which
produces astrology software. According to a press release from the
EFF, Astrolabe has apparently withdrawn the lawsuit, agreed to a
covenant not to sue, and has issued an apology to all involved.

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