I've written before about the merits I see in open source software
and the problems I see with certain EULAs
. Tonight I stumbled across a court case that seems to give strong support to the ideas of open source licensing. Perhaps surprisingly, it's about JMRI: the Java Model Railroad Interface. See Bruce Perens: A Big Change for Open Source
, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2008-1001, ROBERT JACOBSEN, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. MATTHEW KATZER and KAMIND ASSOCIATES, INC. (doing business as KAM Industries), Defendants-Appellees
, JMRI Defense: Keeping an Open-Source Project Alive
, and Saving Open Source
. Thanks to Model railroad case settles Open Source licensing dispute
for the lead.
That's not to say that I find all commercial software problematic. I regularly use commercial software in my work, and I suspect I will continue to do so. It is good to see that the courts are giving the respect to open source licenses that they do to other licenses.
Labels: EULA, FLOSS