"PARIS, France -- Tuesday, September 22, 2009 -- In a landmark ruling that will set legal precedent, the Paris Court of Appeals decided last week that the company Edu4 violated the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) when it distributed binary copies of the remote desktop access software VNC but denied users access to its corresponding source code. The suit was filed by Association pour la formation professionnelle des adultes (AFPA), a French education organization..."

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waleed.saud's picture


6 years 8 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago


The importance of the license

This news confirms that the license is more important than the code that is covered by the license.And GPL is the most suitable free software license that can protect and maintain freedom.

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6 years 8 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago


Re: Paris Court of Appeals condemns Edu4 for violating the GPL

hugo’s blog: «... it seems to me that there are little, if none, implications for us because copyleft mechanisms of the GPL were not analysed in the process of condemning EDU4 ...»

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6 years 8 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago


Vive la GPL!

It's one thing to "forget" to redistribute the source code with your app, in this case a hacked VNC, but purposefully removing the copyright and license notices showed Edu4's true intent.

Good for the French govt. for enforcing the GPL. And for AFPA and FSF France for pressing the issue. I'm glad that there is somebody out there defending our digital freedom.