Open Source Licenses Copyright Protected: Fed. Circ.

Law360, New York (August 13, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Software programmers who distribute free open source programs can rely on copyright law and sue for monetary damages if the terms of the license are violated, an appeals court has ruled in a rare case delving into the legal issues surrounding open source software.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday that Robert Jacobsen, the manager of an open source software group called Java Model Railroad Interface, could seek damages against defendants Matthew Katzer and Kamind Associates in Jacobsen's copyright infringement case....
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