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Software patent case defendant seeks support of FOSS communit

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Barracuda Networks is actively seeking the support of the free and open source software (FOSS) community in its battle against a patent suit brought against it by Trend Micro. The suit revolves around Barracuda's distribution of Clam Antivirus (ClamAV), the well-known FOSS security software, with its firewall and Web filter hardware appliances.

The case is the second piece of software patent litigation to directly involve FOSS. The first was a case brought against Red Hat and Novell by IP Innovation for the inclusion of virtual workspaces in their Linux distributions.

Although the ClamAV project is not directly involved, the issues in the Barracuda case have already enlisted the support of such figures in the community as Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) and Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation (see sidebar). Trend Micro, though, insists that the case is a narrowly focused one, and that the concerns of the FOSS community are premature and unfounded

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