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Cisco Disappointed by FSF Law suit

Dec 12, 2008, 16:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

[ Thanks to smk for this link. ]

""It's not difficult to find 'source code' on the Linksys site," according to a background document describing the suit written by the FSF's Smith. "But you only have to dig a little deeper to find the problems. Those source code downloads are often incomplete or out-of-date. Cisco also provides written offers for source, but we regularly hear about requests going unfulfilled."

"In an e-mailed statement to InternetNews.com, Smith said Cisco made clear that it had no intention of fulfilling FSF's settlement requests. For example, one demand by the FSF was for Cisco to contact previous customers to inform them about license violations and offer them updated, complete source code. It didn't happen.

""We also have serious reservations about their ability to ensure that they comply with relevant free software licenses in the future," Smith noted. "Addressing these issues is every bit as important as fixing the existing violations, but in our discussions Cisco seemed uninterested in doing so.""

Complete Story
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Computerworld Australia: Cisco's iPhone Violates GPL, Expert Says(Jan 18, 2007)
ONLamp: Is Linksys Shirking the GPL?(Jul 31, 2003)
The Register: Free Software Foundation Probes Linksys(Jun 09, 2003)