de: Skype found guilty of violating the terms of the GPL

The District Court in Munich has ruled against the Luxembourg-based company Skype in a case in which the company was alleged to have violated the terms of the General Public License (GPL). On the background: On its website the vendor of VoIP software had offered a handset by the Spanish manufacturer SMC Networks, which runs with Linux. However, SMC had shipped the handsets without including the source code and the GPL license text; these omissions amount to violations of the terms of the GNU General Public License. Harald Welte of, who holds the right of use to parts of the Linux kernel, had thereupon filed an appropriate complaint.

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