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January 18, 2007

Project Alleges Cisco Violating GPL in Linksys WIP300 iPhone

By Glenn Fleishman

Cisco hasn’t released all the source code they’re required to, says GPL Violations Project: The Linksys WIP300 iPhone has that moniker that’s landed Apple in hot water, but the GPL Violations Project is focused on the code that runs the phone. The GPL is one of several common software licenses that carries requirements that commercially distributed uses of fee-free code have modifications distributed to the developer community. (There’s a lot more nuance than that, too, but I’d like to be brief.)

While open-source projects are often described in the mainstream press—and sometimes by Microsoft—as forgoing all intellectual-property rights, that’s generally incorrect. The GPL and related licenses retain copyright and other rights to the various code developers, and offer a negotiation-free and fee-free license that carries with enforceable obligations for the use of the code.

A coordinator for the project made good progress with Cisco on other devices that needed better license compliance, but hasn’t made additional progress on the iPhone. Colleague Nancy Gohring writes that Cisco didn’t respond to a request for comments.

Update: Cisco acknowledges one issue they need to resolve; the researcher from the GPL Violations Project contents there are more.

Posted by Glennf at January 18, 2007 4:55 PM

Categories: Hardware, Lawsuits

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