Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Jul 2007 15:19 UTC, submitted by Jim Garrison
Linux "Development of OpenHAL, a wireless network component for Linux, can now resume unfettered after months of legal uncertainty. OpenHAL allows people with wireless cards based on technology from Atheros Communications, Inc. to connect to networks using solely free and open source software. Earlier this year, allegations were made that OpenHAL might include material that infringed the copyright of Atheros' proprietary HAL software. The Linux Wireless developers asked the Software Freedom Law Center to investigate these rumors, and SFLC agreed to help on a pro-bono basis."
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Ludicrous
by lindkvis on Tue 31st Jul 2007 16:20 UTC
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"As the SFLC is a legal organization whose stated goal is to help proliferate copyleft software, asking their opinion in whether or not it's okay to infringe upon a company's copyrights seems to me like the answer would be predetermined, with only supporting evidence looked for."

The SFLC is not being asked if it is okay to infringe upon someone else's copyright. They are being asked whether any such infringements is taking place.

The SFLC would never tell anyone that infringing on someone's copyright is okay, because it simply is asking to be sued.

If the OpenHAL team had used a regular law firm, they would have had to pay through the nose for this service but the SFLC provides it pro bono.

On a different note, Atheros seems to have behaved very decently and allowed access to source code for comparison.

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