The Open-Source Train Moves Forward
August 15, 2008 8:04 PM Subscribe
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What could be less important to the blue than a news item involving model railroading and Java? Yet in an important decision
, a U.S. Appeals court has ruled
that that the terms of the Artistic License are enforceable copyright conditions. "For non-lawgeeks, this won't seem important but this is huge," said Stanford Law Professor Larry Lessig.
The Java Model Railroad Interface
is an open-source project of software in Java for use in controlling model railroads. For the past few years, according to the JMRI website, the project and its leader have been under legal attack by a commercial competitor, who has allegedly used project code in a commercial product in violation of the license terms, has received a patent without proper disclosure of prior art, and has engaged in litigation against the JMRI project and its chief maintainer.
Is this an important victory? Lawrence Lessig seems to think so