CyberTech Rambler

December 15, 2009

SFLC will one day have its day in court

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 11:12 pm

SFLC is getting busy for the festive session, handing out early presents in the form of lawsuits. I think it is a combination of two factors : One, they finally got over the start up phase, and two, they tasted success.

So far,  SFLC seems to be settled and SFLC got what it wanted. I strongly believe free and open source software should enforce their rights and not being taken advantage of. But what I enjoy most is the educational side of the court cases and think it is good for free and open source software: (1) Just like any other software, using free and open source software imposes on you obligations that you must follow, and (2) Lawsuits are tough love, it serves to educate potential users about what exactly is free and open source software.

While the high profile cases suggests that SFLC always get what they want, if SFLC continues on this course, statistically speaking, it will one day find itself having to really litigate in court. I have to say all kudo to Eben Moglen for his leadership in GPL wording for not seeing a litigation goes to the court proper.

I don’t think we are going to find this out, but I would love to know how many companies SFLC approach and got them to rectify their infringement and how many of them actually choose to rip and replace the offending code, presumably by buying proprietary equivalent. That is one of the barometer of how well free and open source software had been working.


  1. “I have to say all kudo to Eben Morgan” I suppose you meant “Eben Moglen”…

    Comment by Luc Bollen — December 16, 2009 @ 10:37 am | Reply

  2. @Luc

    You are right. Thank you for pointing it out. I had corrected it.

    Comment by ctrambler — December 16, 2009 @ 12:16 pm | Reply

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