GPL on Trial … Sort Of…

Yet another company is trying to escape the terms of the GPL by suing another company that made changes to the Linux kernel.

AVM, a German maker of routers is suing Cybits, a kid-filter company for hacking AVM’s routers to accomplish the filtering. AVM sought a preliminary injunction arguing that modifying the Linux kernel in the routers was a copyright violation. This was appealed to the Court of Appeals who rejected the argument. The issues of the case go back to the District Court tomorrow.

Sheesh… when are people going to give up attacking the GPL? It’s solid and legal. It was designed to preserve the four freedoms: use, examination, modification and distribution. The GPL works. AVM relied on the GPL when it chose Linux for their routers (a great choice, IMHO). Cybits relied on the GPL when it modified the Linux kernel for use in their product. AVM attacking Cybits for making AVM’s product even more useful and attractive to consumers is like cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. It happens, but why?

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to GPL on Trial … Sort Of…

  1. Ray says:

    Hey, on the bright side, we can test if the GPL if it works.

  2. Dann says:

    Seems more beneficial for AVM and Cybits to work together to build an even more useful router and share the profits than this greed-fueled nonsense.

  3. oldman says:

    “AVM attacking Cybits for making AVM’s product even more useful and attractive to consumers is like cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. It happens, but why?”

    The issue here I think is that AVM as the creator and maintainer of the router is having its product mucked with by a third party.

    THis having been said AVM deserves to lose this one. They know (or should have known )The terms of the GPL license when they used GPL licensed code to make their routers.

    The best that AVM can do at this point is make it clear than anyone loading non AVM developed code into the router hardware automatically voids their support warranty and is on their own.

  4. Richard Chapman says:

    I’m sure the self possessed will have something to say about that. To them the GPL is all about taking people’s rights, not protecting them.

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