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Time runs out for timezone lawsuit

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation is touting a victory in a copyright lawsuit that had the potential to shut down the database that all Linux and UNIX-based platforms and many time-based applications use to keep track of the ever-changing global timezones.

In September 2011, the suit was brought against Alfred Olson and Paul Eggert, who maintained the timezone database at the National Institutes of Health, by Massachusetts-based Astrolabe, Inc., which produces astrology software. According to a press release from the EFF, Astrolabe has apparently withdrawn the lawsuit, agreed to a covenant not to sue, and has issued an apology to all involved.

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