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How much legal trouble is Cisco in against the FSF?

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A new Law.Com analysis indicates Cisco may be in big legal trouble over the FSF lawsuit alleging it misused open source code in its hardware. Until you learn the rest of the story.

The Law.Com analysis is based on Jacobsen vs. Katzer, the case from last year in which an open source license was upheld as enforceable.

This means the conditions of an open source license can subject violators to sanctions under the Copyright Act, write Jonathan Moskin, Howard Wettan and Adam Turkel of White & Case LLP.

Under copyright law, the licensor does not have to prove economic harm by the licensee, only that a defendant’s profits were the result of the copyright violation.

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re: Cisco vs FSF

LOL - I'm sure Cisco with it's 10's of BILLIONS of DOLLARS is quaking in it's boots over FSF's legal might.

Cisco spends more on postage then the entire legal budget of the FSF.

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