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Hosting Company Appears to be Violating the GPL

palegray.net (1195047) writes | more than 3 years ago

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palegray.net writes "A web hosting provider called Appnor has recently moved the network diagnostics utility WinMTR off of SourceForge, and is now claiming the program to be a closed source, commercial application (it was previously made available under the GPL). I emailed the current maintainer of the original mtr utility about this, and have been informed that this event most likely constitutes an overt GPL violation, as it is presumed that WinMTR contains mtr code. Appnor claims that they have the right to do this, as there have been no external contributions to WinMTR in over ten years. I'm not a lawyer, but I don't think copyright law works that way."
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Who wrote the code? (1)

WarJolt (990309) | more than 3 years ago | (#34820580)

Whoever wrote the code owns the copyright. If they accepted contributions and did not get permission to use it in their proprietary code then they are in violation. Unless they took a chunk of code from another project it may be hard to prove they don't have permission from all the contributors.

Re:Who wrote the code? (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 3 years ago | (#34822930)

See the comment [palegray.net] I wrote last night, attached to TFA, but the long story short, it looks like WinMTR copied code directly from Matt's Traceroute [bitwizard.nl] , which is covered by the GPL.

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