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  5. <title>FSFE on AVM vs Cybits: A small computer is still a computer</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE on AVM vs Cybits: A small computer is still a computer</h1>
  9. <p>Yesterday in Berlin a court hearing took place
  10. in a case that could set a crucial precedent for the embedded industry
  11. (see also <a href="/news/2011/news-20110620-01.html">"AVM violating license of the Linux
  12. kernel"</a>). In the lawsuit between AVM and Cybits, AVM maintained
  13. that others should not be allowed to modify Free Software on computers
  14. bought from AVM, such as the widely used Fritz!Box. At the heart of the
  15. debate is the Linux kernel, distributed under the GNU GPL which
  16. guarantees exactly this freedom to users. Free Software Foundation
  17. Europe (FSFE) and gpl-violations.org today published a
  18. <a href="/activities/avm-gpl-violation/avm-gpl-violation.html#oh-20110621"><strong>detailed report</strong></a>
  19. about the hearing.</p>
  20. <p>"Users have the right to decide for themselves which software they want
  21. to run on their computers. If AVM, or any other company, does not want
  22. to adhere to the GNU General Public License, they should not use
  23. GPL-licensed software," says Matthias Kirschner, FSFE's Germany
  24. coordinator.</p>
  25. <p>"AVM wants to keep and extend its monopolistic power over those devices,
  26. even after they have been sold. Not only does this conflict with the GNU
  27. GPL license of the Linux kernel, it is also anti-competitive,"
  28. <a href="http://laforge.gnumonks.org/weblog/2011/06/21/#20110621-avm_cybits_court_hearing"><strong>says Harald Welte</strong></a>,
  29. Linux kernel contributor and founder of gpl-violations.org project.</p>
  30. <p>The court made no decision during yesterday's hearing. The participants
  31. may file further written pleadings. The court may then either rule
  32. directly, or begin hearing evidence. FSFE and gpl-violations.org will
  33. continue to monitor the case and defend the freedom of software users.</p>
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