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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 17 2020, @09:00PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 17 2020, @09:00PM (#959284)

    i don't even think it's slimy anymore. i probably did at one time. it's just a way to make sure you (OSS, in this case) aren't enabling your competitors. They are still getting Free Software and they can do what they want with it, but if they want to copy it and create their own competing company, you don't have to help them do it going forward. It's definitely an interesting option for commercial Free Software. People who think FOSS should be all volunteer won't like any of that though.