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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday February 16 2020, @02:22PM   Printer-friendly
from the no-way-out dept.

https://www.itwire.com/open-source/linux-kernel-patch-maker-says-court-case-was-only-way-out.html

The head of security firm Open Source Security, Brad Spengler, says he had little option but to file a lawsuit against open source advocate Bruce Perens, who alleged back in 2017 that security patches issued for the Linux kernel by OSS violated the licence under which the kernel is distributed.

The case ended last week with Perens coming out on the right side of things; after some back and forth, a court doubled down on its earlier decision that OSS must pay Perens' legal costs as awarded in June 2018.

The remainder of the article is an interview with Brad Spengler about the case and the issue.

iTWire contacted Spengler soon after the case ended, as he had promised to speak at length about the issue once all legal issues were done and dusted. Queries submitted by iTWire along with Spengler's answers in full are given below:

Previously:
Court Orders Payment of $259,900.50 to Bruce Perens' Attorneys


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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday February 17 2020, @06:10AM (1 child)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 17 2020, @06:10AM (#959055) Homepage Journal

    Who cares?

    You obviously care a whole lot. You've devoted an entire page, defending the indefensible crotch biter, who cannot justify his actions in regard to the GPL.

    Just stop. It is indefensible. Spengler has no valid license under which to distribute the GPL'd code which he has altered. He has lost his license, because he has violated that license. At such time as some entity with deep enough pockets should press charges against Spengler, he can and will be forced to stop distributing GPL'd code to which he is unwilling to supply the source.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 17 2020, @11:28AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 17 2020, @11:28AM (#959109)

    > At such time as some entity with deep enough pockets should press charges against Spengler,
    A copyright enforcement action in federal court is estimated to cost over half a million dollars.
    Spengler could also be criminally prosecuted as-well for criminal copyright infringement, since the amount garnished by his direct infringement is greater than $1k.