Sunday, September 2, 2007

Copyright Vs. Contract

With the increasing use of open source softwares around the globe, multiple interpretations of the licensing is causing a lot of heart-burns. The Free Software Foundation has always claimed that Open Source Licenses are copyrights, and not mere contracts. Now, a San Fransisco court has ruled that the said license violation was only a contract violation and not a copyright infringement. The case involves Artistic License. This ruling is contrary to that belief and creates more confusion in an already confused open source license space.

This ruling indicates that the courts and the legal experts do not fully understand the concept of Open Source. What is going to be more interesting is to see how if impacts other licenses.

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