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Open source licenses work (say the courts)


Thursday was the first time an open source license was upheld as a valid license in US courts. People are excited!

In Jacobsen v Katzer the courts ruled that the artistic license is a valid license that can be upheld under copyright law. (Note that the district courts had earlier said that the artistic license was a contract, not a license, so the problem was a contract violation not a copyright infringement.) So a lot of people were watching this case, including quite a few attorneys. For more details and a sense of what a victory this is, you can read what they wrote or just admire the number of people who have weighed in on this issue!

And Jason Haislmaier has a good summary of the case and what it means in The Decision All Of Open Source Has Been Waiting For.

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