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Re: As the GPL fades

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: As the GPL fades
Date: Fri, 05 Feb 2010 14:22:56 -0500
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On 2/5/2010 1:50 PM, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
They "doesnt-know":

As I've said before, everyone agrees that the GPL is
a perfectly valid copyright license, and typical
breaches are due to laziness and inattention, not
willfulness. If this case had had the attention of
someone high in the hierarchy, there would have been
no case necessary to begin with.

Verizon knows about the GPL now.

To wit, Verizon is still blatantly breaching the GPL at
and the complaint about it

"11. Upon information and belief, Verizon distributes to its
customers the Actiontec MI424WR wireless router (“Infringing
Product”), which contains embedded executable software
(“Firmware”). Defendant also provides the Firmware corresponding
to the Infringing Product for download viaits website, at";

was dismissed with prejudice against plaintiffs without any settlement
-- no agreement with the defendant.

Verizon is no longer infringing the GPL, having settled
the case. They are now providing the sources here:
and shipping a manual and disk with their routers which
apprises users of their rights under the GPL. A copy of
the Verizon-branded and Verizon-copyrighted manual can
be read here:

It is a deliberate misstatement to say "was dismissed
with prejudice against plaintiffs". Rather, the plaintiffs
dismissed their case with prejudice once a settlement was
reached. Dismissal with prejudice is routine in settlements
to reassure defendants that plaintiffs will not attempt to
refile the case.

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