Gpl-violations.org

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The gpl-violations.org is a not-for-profit project founded and led by Harald Welte in 2004. It works to make sure software licensed under the GNU General Public License is not used in ways prohibited by the license.

Goals

The goals of the project are, according to its website, to
  • Raise public awareness of the infringing use of free software, and thus putting pressure on the infringers.
  • Give users who detect or assume GPL-licensed software is being misused a way to report them to the copyright holders
  • Assist copyright holders in any action against GPL infringing organizations
  • Distribute information on how a commercial entity using GPL licensed software in their products can comply with the license."


In May, 2008, gpl-violations.org and the Free Software Foundation Europe Freedom Task Force announced that they were to deepen their previous cooperation. The FSFE Freedom Task Force will be focusing on educating and informing, while gpl-violations.org will focus on enforcing the GPL.

History

The gpl-violations.org project was founded in 2004 by Harald Welte. Welte was a kernel developer who had been actively enforcing the GPL license on his netfilter/iptables code since late 2003. Since then, other developers have given gpl-Violations.org legal right to represent them. While the Software Freedom Law Center, an organisation with similar goals operates from the USA, gpl-violations.org operates from Germany, Welte's home...
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