Appeals Court Dismisses Open-Source Antitrust Case

By Elaine Chow (November 10, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Ruling that "GPL and open-source software have nothing to fear from antitrust laws," an appeals court judge decided Thursday that an Indiana man claiming large companies were restricting competition by promoting a free copyright licensing scheme had no case.

Daniel Wallace, a computer programmer, first filed the case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, claiming that IBM Corp., Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc. were conspiring to fix the prices of computer programs by promoting a licensing scheme called GNU General Public License.

GNU GPL is a free software license that allows the recipients of a...

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