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A Big Victory for F/OSS: Jacobsen v. Katzer is Set

Andy Updegrove (956488) writes | more than 4 years ago

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Andy Updegrove (956488) writes "A short while ago the parties to one of the most closely watched FOSS cases filed a settlement agreement with the U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District of California ending one of the most important FOSS legal cases to date. That case is Jacobsen vs. Katzer, and the settlement marks a complete victory for Jacobsen, a member of the Java Model Railroad Interface (JMRI) Project. Jacobsen's victory establishes several important rights for the first time in the U.S.: the right to prevent their copyright and authorship acknowledgments from being removed from their code, and the right to collect damages if the terms of the licenses they choose are violated. Until now, those rights had never been tested in court. Read on for the details of the case, the litigation, and the settlement."
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Thanks for seeing this through (1)

harmonise (1484057) | more than 4 years ago | (#31201724)

A huge amount of thanks is owed to Robert Jacobsen for sticking with this and not settling early. Everyone in the free software community will benefit from the precedence set by this court case.

This story made the front page... (1)

johndiii (229824) | more than 4 years ago | (#31202356)

But subsequently vanished. What's up with this?

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