Initial Artifex Ruling Is A Victory For Open-Source Software

Law360, New York (May 18, 2017, 1:35 PM EDT) -- The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California[1] recently issued an opinion that is being hailed as a victory for open-source software. In this case, the court denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging violation of an open-source software license, paving the way for further action enforcing the conditions of the GNU General Public License (“GPL”).

Artifex and the Dual Licensing Model

Plaintiff Artifex Software Inc. provides Ghostscript — an interpreter for the PostScript language and the Adobe portable document format. This popular software is available under a choice of licensing options, under a model often referred to...

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