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posted by cmn32480 on Sunday November 06 2016, @11:46AM   Printer-friendly
from the big-blue-going-for-the-kill dept.

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
> fabricated.

Full release from OpenLava is here: http://www.openlava.org/download/download.html


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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 12 2016, @04:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 12 2016, @04:33PM (#426070)

    I'm wondering if what happened was that an IBM employee nicked some OpenLava code and claimed they wrote it, it was later spotted that the OpenLava code was the same as their code and IBM assumed the copyright infringement happened the other way round.

    Another explanation is that maybe one of the contributors to the project did take IBM's code and include it in the project. For now I'd take the main author at his word that none of his code is infringing, but how could he be sure that all the contributions aren't?

    Unless the whole project or a large part is infringing, it would certainly have been better if IBM tried to resolve just by getting the infringing part removed by talking to the main author, but at the moment we don't even know that they didn't try.

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