Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Sep 2006 17:58 UTC, submitted by Ben Jao Ming
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The gpl-violations.org project prevails in court litigation against D-Link regarding D-Link's alleged inappropriate and copyright infringing use of parts of the Linux Operating System Kernel. D-Link distributed DSM-G600, a network attached storage device which uses a Linux-based Operating System. However, this distribution was incompliant with the GNU General Public License which covers the Linux Kernel and many other software programs used in the product."
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RE[6]: Seems like great news.
by kwag on Mon 25th Sep 2006 16:31 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Seems like great news."
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"So, uh, how is this a loss for the GPL if companies that violates it and ignore it are no longer using prodcuts licensed under it?"

One less GPL based product being used on the market.

"Since these companies didn't contribute back how is this a loss?"

The users of the product are the ones at loss, who will now have to pay more for the newer products due to licensing, unless the manufacturers choose some other open source non-GPL'ed license.

It's really funny, when Joe Doe goes out to CompUSA and buys a router, then finds out that it's Linux based and the sources are nowhere, and Joe runs out to gplviolations.org to announce a violation, and in the end the router manufacturer admits the error, removes the code and releases a new version of the router with a higher price tag due to the new research and time needed for changes.

Way to go Joe! LOL

But of course, Joe was right, because thats the law. Right? ;)

Maybe embedded developers and companies should have a read here before planning their products (We did ;) ): http://www.wasabisystems.com/gpl/

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