A federal court has ruled that an open-source license is an enforceable contract

Posted by mbaehrlxer on May 13, 2017 3:20 PM EDT
qz.com; By Keith Collins
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The enforceability of open source licenses like the GNU GPL has long been an open legal question. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals held in a 2006 case, Jacobsen v. Katzer, that violations of open source licenses could be treated like copyright claims. But whether they could legally considered breaches of contract had yet to be determined, until the issue came up in Artifex v. Hancom.

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