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Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: SFLC's GPL court enforcement -- track record
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 20:06:20 +0200

Hyman Rosen wrote:
> Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> >  And before you mention Actiontec: sources were
> > available from Actiontec prior to SFLC sued Verizon.
> The complaint against Verizon is dated December 6, 2007:
> <>
> This article says that the Actiontec FIOS router was available
> in January of 2007:
> <>
> Looking for on the WaybackMachine
> shows that as late as Aug 2007 the software available on the site
> contained sources for a Dual PC Modem, but not for a FIOS router:
> August 2007:
> <>
> Current:
> <>
> So it doesn't look to me as if the FIOS router firmware was
> available before the lawsuit was filed. Do you have a URL or
> other evidence that shows something different?

Try this. 

Looking on Actiontec's "Support: Open Source" website 
( []), I see the 

GPL Code Download is available for the following Actiontec products: 
Wireless Broadband Router Model MI424WR 

The following is the portion of the Actiontec source code for the 
MI424WR Products. 

List of modules: 

Release Date Filename 
11/27/2007 actiontec_opensrc_mi424wr.tar.gz 

Hmmm... looks like Actiontec is at least attempting to honor the 
license. I haven't researched what's in the tarball, but at least it's 

So, again, why is SFLC suing Verizon? 

Then if you still have doubts go and ask Actiontec when did first appear
on web site. (The latest wayback-archived version of the site is of


(GNG is a derecursive recursive derecursion which pwns GNU since it can 
be infinitely looped as GNGNGNGNG...NGNGNG... and can be said backwards 
too, whereas GNU cannot.)

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