Glenn Kelley on 12 Dec 2008 05:54:29 -0800

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[PLUG] Cisco and FSF and the GPL

for anyone interested:

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) - a non-profit corporation founded  
by Richard Stallman; yesterday announced that it has filed a copyright  
infringement lawsuit against Cisco. The FSF's complaint alleges that  
in the course of distributing various products under the Linksys brand  
Cisco has violated the licenses of many programs on which the FSF  
holds copyright, including GCC, binutils, and the GNU C Library. In  
doing so, Cisco has denied its users their right to share and modify  
the software.

According to FSF press release:

     We've decided that the best way to resolve this situation is to  
file suit. It's not a decision we take lightly. A lawsuit takes  
resources that we would rather spend elsewhere. But first and  
foremost, our mission is to make sure that computer users everywhere  
have the right to share and change the software that they use. Cisco  
has been denying its customers the rights guaranteed to them by the  
GPL and the LGPL, and we must put an end to that.

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