Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Waiting for the Chewbacca Defence

Today, Harald Welte of GPL-Violations will be travelling to Frankfurt for a special court case.

Generally, violations of the GPL are generally settled out of court, or as part of a preliminary injunction. In this case, however, a well-known vendor of embedded networking gear is claiming that the GPL doesn't apply to them, and that they have a right to use Linux code despite lacking a licence for it.

I'm guessing the defendant is going for either the Chewbacca defence, or this one:

"If I can't infringe copyright, the terrorists will have won!"

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