[Novalug] GMU sued over Zotero software
RossPatterson at Comcast.Net
Tue Oct 14 18:40:34 EDT 2008
At 15:56 10/14/2008, James Ewing Cottrell 3rd wrote:
>Seems to be Much Ado About Nothing. Adding a few sentences of the form
>"EndNote is a Product and Trademark of Thomson Reuters" throughout the
>documentation ought to do it.
Not if Thomson's claim that Zotero violates its contract with GMU is
accepted by the court. And that will certainly be the center of any
case should it go to court. I don't know that a court could give
Thomson much satisfaction - the source is already on the net, all the
court could reasonably do is require GMU to destroy their copies of
it and award monetary damages. In an ironic twist, GMU could very
well wind up the only organization forbidden to use the software it created.
This kind of thing is why folks who are serious about software and
the law do clean-room reimplementations and require contributors to
never look at the software they're replicating. The Blackdown
Project managed to do a very good Java implementation just this way,
and to protect themselves from Sun when Sun wasn't particularly
friendly to Open Source.
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