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French court validates GPL user rights to get the

guerby (49204) writes | more than 5 years ago

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guerby writes "In a landmark ruling that will set legal precedent, the Paris Court of Appeals decided last week that the company Edu4 violated the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) when it distributed binary copies of the remote desktop access software VNC but denied users access to its corresponding source code. [...] "But what makes this ruling unique is the fact that the suit was filed by a user of the software, instead of a copyright holder. It's a commonly held belief that only the copyright holder of a work can enforce the license's terms — but that's not true in France. People who received software under the GNU GPL can also request compliance, since the license grants them rights from the authors.""
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