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?