[Serusers] Open source Legal Issue
Mr Greg Plater
gplater at da-bratz.com
Sat Aug 6 01:28:13 CEST 2005
5th Aug 2005 an order was handed down from a supreme court judge in Brisbane
Australia at 10am.
Injunction restraining the defendant his servants or agents from directly
using, disclosing, selling, transferring or in any other manner dealing with
the software written or developed or configured by the defendant relating to
the VOIP network proposed by the plaintiff including any correspondence,
notes , records or other documentation relating to such software, and any
variations on the same.
The complete solution was based on open source applications and they
received a copy of the GPL before the project commenced and had been given
access to the source code used. I am unable to disclose the open source
I note i was required to shutdown the servers and the platform used
yesterday including private projects because the same base linux version was
The issue started when i was contracted to create a network based on open
source applications, the party contracting myself decided to drop the
project and items in the agreement between them and i are still outstanding
including payment and this is an on going battle in the courts.
Until that is all settled I'm not required to hand over the hardware or
applications, source code, notes etc... but under the license GPL i am
required to provide it so i have provided the source code etc including all
alterations made and there source code... This allowing myself to stay
within the license GPL.
I don't believe they are able to give the injunction and need advice on what
or if anything i can do.
My understanding of Open source. It is free to use alter or distribute under
the GPL and its conditions.
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