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

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:

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

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Monday February 17 2020, @10:06PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 17 2020, @10:06PM (#959314) Journal

    The GPL is completely toothless. No one ever sues anyone to enforce it.

    Which only serves to illustrate your ignorance on the matter. For example, this story []mentions two such lawsuits. I found several more lawsuits mentioned in a cursory search [].

    But he KNOWS he will not get sued.

    We'll see what comes of this. He's already lost at least a quarter of a million dollars (plus his own legal fees) on legal games. It might not come to a lawsuit, unless he feels he hasn't lost enough money yet.

    It won't change until he is sued, like Cisco was sued.

    Like here []? So you know of a lawsuit that was decided in favor of the GPL, and you still posted all that? I find it bizarre that you can make these absolute claims when you already know of counterexamples.