The GPL with a Full Win in Michigan Court

Posted by devnet on Mar 22, 2005 2:03 PM EDT; By
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Many people claim that the validity of the GNU Public License has not been tested in court in the US. Well, it just has been tested, in Michigan, in a case that validated open-source car diagnostic software against the pretension of automakers who want to keep it secret.

You know how in almost every FUD article about the GPL, they always say that the GPL has never been tested in a US court? That isn't actually true. There have been cases where it played a role and the judges took it seriously even if they didn't directly rule on it. Now there is a case in Michigan, which just settled, where the GPL not only stood its ground, it came off victorious, and this time it was very much a part of the case. I had a chance to interview the attorney that represented the GPL side, Eric Grimm

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