Many more out-of-court settlements

The netfilter/iptables project did not announce every individual case, but has so far settled in more than 10 cases out of court. Among the vendors are major companies such as Siemens, Fujitsu-Siemens, Asus and Belkin.

gpl-violations.org project to coordinate activity with Free Software Foundation

At the ~izards of OS 3 conference, gpl-violations.org founder Harald Welte had the opportunity to speak with Bradley Kuhn, chief legal consel of the Free Software Foundation.

Among the topics of discussion was a possible coordination between the two project. It was decided that the non-public list of GPL infringing products kept in the gpl-violations.org project is periodically synchronized with the FSF. In this way, the FSF can make sure that they can persue any infringement including code under their copyright.

After all, we are both aiming for the same goal: GPL compliance in all products.

Sitecom appeal against preliminary injunction turned down

Recently, the Free Software project netfilter/iptables obtained injunctive relief against Sitecom GmbH in Germany, who was distributing the netfilter/iptables software without complying to the GPL.

Sitecom has appealed to the preliminary injunction, and this appeal has ben turned down by the "Landgericht Muenchen I" court in Munich, Germany.

ifrOSS has made available the German original of the judgement at http://www.ifross.de/ifross_html/eVWelte.pdf and an (unofficial) english translation at http://www.jbb.de/judgment_dc_munich_gpl.pdf

netfilter/iptables project enforces GPL via preliminary injunction against Sitecom

The free software project netfilter/iptables continues their series of successful GPL enforcements.

At this time, the netfilter/iptables core team was granted a preliminary injunction against the German subsidiary of Sitecom.

The court acknowledges that the license terms of the GNU GPL are not fulfilled, and Sitecom has no right to distribute netfilter/iptables based products without fulfilling the conditions set forth in the GPL.

For more information, see the press release at http://www.netfilter.org/news/2004-04-15-sitecom-gpl.html

A scanned PDF version of the original court decision is made available online at http://www.ifross.de/ifross_html/eVWelte.pdf

netfilter/iptables project enforces GPL against Securepoint

The free software project netfilter/iptables continues their series of

The free software project netfilter/iptables continues their series of successful GPL enforcements:

Securepoint is a German vendor of software-only corporate firewall and vpn server solutions.

On March 11, 2004, Securepoint GmbH has signed a Declaration to Cease and Desist from further distributing their netfilter/ipatbles based products unless the GPL conditions on source code redistribution are fulfilled.

Source code is made available via http://sources.securepoint.cc/

netfilter/iptables project enforces GPL against ASUS

The free software project netfilter/iptables continues their series of successful GPL enforcements:

ASUS is offering a WLAN Router Product WL-500g, which incorporates the Linux OS Kernel and netfilter/iptables.

On March 12, 2004 ASUS Computer Germany has signed a Declaration to Cease and Desist from further distributing their netfilter/iptables based products unless the GPL conditions on source code redistribution are fulfilled. The Declaration contains a grace period until March 26, 2004. The source code can already be downloaded from http://www.asus.com.tw/support/download/item.aspx?ModelName=WL-500g