[PLUG] Fwd: [ilugd] Fwd: [FSF] FSF Settles Suit Against Cisco

Sudhanwa Jogalekar sudhanwa.com at gmail.com
Thu May 21 11:45:26 PDT 2009


FYI.
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From: Raj Mathur <raju at linux-delhi.org>
Date: Thu, May 21, 2009 at 8:14 AM
Subject: [ilugd] Fwd: [FSF] FSF Settles Suit Against Cisco
To: The Linux-Delhi mailing list <ilugd at lists.linux-delhi.org>

[Good news: Cisco has agreed to comply with the licences of FOSS they
use in their Linksys products, and now it should be easier to customise
images for your routers -- Raju]

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Subject: [FSF] FSF Settles Suit Against Cisco
Date: Wednesday 20 May 2009
From: Brett Smith <brett at fsf.org>
To: info-press at gnu.org, info-fsf at gnu.org

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Wednesday, May 20, 2009 -- The Free
Software Foundation (FSF) and Cisco Systems, Inc. are pleased to
announce that they have reached a joint agreement.

Under the agreement, the FSF has agreed to dismiss its lawsuit against
Cisco.

Cisco has agreed to appoint a Free Software Director for Linksys, a
subsidiary of Cisco, to supervise Linksys' compliance with the
requirements of free software licenses such as the GPL (the GNU
General Public License). The Free Software Director will report
periodically to the FSF regarding Linksys' compliance efforts. Cisco
has further agreed to take certain steps to notify previous recipients
of Linksys products containing FSF programs of their rights under the
GPL and other applicable licenses, to publish a licensing notice on
the Linksys website, and to provide additional notices in a separate
publication. In addition, Cisco will continue to make the complete and
corresponding source code for versions of FSF programs used with
current Linksys products freely available on its website. Cisco will
also make a monetary contribution to the FSF.

The parties recognize Cisco's ongoing obligations under the GPL and
other free software licenses. The FSF will continue to independently
monitor Linksys' compliance with these licenses, and work with
Linksys to resolve any new issues that may arise.

"We are glad that Cisco has affirmed its commitment to the free
software community by implementing additional measures within its
compliance program and dedicating appropriate resources to them,
further reassuring the users' freedoms under the GPL," said Peter
Brown, Executive Director of the FSF. "Our agreement results in
making all of the relevant source code available in the fastest way
possible."



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