An Anonymous Coward writes:
Several years ago Platform Computing (now owned by IBM) released an open source version of LSF (Platform Load Sharing Facility) -- their premier software product. LSF is
a workload management platform and job scheduler for distributed HPC environments.
In recent years that open source product has begun to flourish, and now IBM is using the DMCA in an attempt to erase all progress made on the project since it was first released. I guess if you can't compete, you call your legal team...
As posted on the OpenLava mailing list:
> Hello all, this is David Bigagli the founder of OpenLava, I am writing
> on behalf of the OpenLava project. As some or most of you might have
> noticed the GPL2 OpenLava project is under attack by the IBM
> corporation. The github software repository have been shut down under
> the US DMCA law and now the OpenLava website www.openlava.org, hosted
> on Amazon S3, which provides the source code to the latest 4.0 and 3.0
> version will be shut down in the next 24 hours unless the source code
> is removed.
> IBM claims that the versions of OpenLava starting from 3.0 infringe
> their copyright and that some source code have been stolen from them,
> copied, or otherwise taken from their code base.
> I have developed most of the OpenLava code and I have reviewed all
> contributions. All this development was done without access to any
> IBM code. All IBM claims regarding the source code are false and
Full release from OpenLava is here: http://www.openlava.org/download/download.html
OTOH, this is just one side of the story. And an adequate public explanation (that I heard and accepted) would also suffice to remove the blot.
DMCA notices are never justified regardless of the situation, so I'm not sure what they could say to make things better. Maybe that they didn't use the DMCA at all? That seems unlikely.