Anyone have a Linksys WRT54G?

Alan DeKok aland at
Sun Jun 5 21:20:12 CEST 2005

Michael Griego <mgriego at> wrote:
> What exactly are the legalities of using GPL'd code in a completely 
> closed source project?

  Nothing gives them permission to use our copyrighted code except the
GPL.  They either follow the license we offer them, or they do not
re-distribute our code.

  Not following the GPL in this case is called "copyright
infringement", and it's illegal.

>  Don't they have to at least release the code they're using in that
> module along with any changes they made to that code?

  Yes.  When they chose to use our code, they either chose to follow
the license terms, or they chose to infringe on our rights under
copyright law.

>  Then you start getting into what it links to...


  Now, they can re-write the code, it's not that hard.  But
*blatantly* stealing it is not just incompetence, it's stupidity.

  I'm inclined to send them, and their ISP a DMCA "take-down" notice.

  I'll contact them, and tell them to stop distributing "peapd" until
they re-write the code.  In the mean-time, I'll post a notice on the
main web page.

  Alan DeKok.

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