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GPL Faces Test in German Court

PCW - A court case that open-source advocates say could have major repercussions on the GPL opened in German district court in Berlin Tuesday.

German DSL router vendor AVM has taken Cybits, which produces children's Web-filtering software, to court for copyright infringement for selling software that removes AVM's altered modules on the Linux kernel in their routers. The move is an attempt to stop Cybits from changing any part of the firmware used in the routers, including a key piece of free software.

The case could have huge consequences for free software, as both companies use the Linux kernel, which is licensed under the General Public License (GPL).