Who has the rights to claim GPL copyright infringement of linux ??
henrik at henriknordstrom.net
Thu Aug 13 04:52:32 CEST 2009
tis 2009-08-11 klockan 16:47 +0200 skrev Simon Josefsson:
> Anyway, even the FSF uses a limit of around 15 lines of code; quoting
> the GNU maintainers manual:
The exact limits on what constitutes a copyrighted work varies between
countries. In some the single added line may be sufficient, in some far
more than those 15 mentioned is needed..
a copyright lawyer can tell you more what the rules are in your part of
the world and what possibilities you may have in suing the company in
question. But some general rules which should help:
* Much easier to argue if it's a significant piece of code being
infringed upon. If your own contribution is small then team up with
others to build a stronger argument. If they use the Linux kernel then
they probably also use other GPL components than your line and if luck
then some of the authors of those compnents (kernel or elsewhere) have
experience in enforcing their copyright which also helps.
* To be most effective the company should if possible be sued in in an
area where the company do a significant portion of it's operation, which
means by the rules of that area which may differ from yours.
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