Tomorrow: Court hearing in Welte vs. Skype GPL case
Tomorrow at 10:30am at the Oberlandesgericht Muenchen
(higher regional court of Munich) there will be an oral hearing in the "Welte
vs. Skype Technologies SA" case. The hearing is to be held in room E.06.
This case is about a GPL violation of Skype, related to their sales of Wifi
Skype phones based on the Linux operating system kernel.
I'm fighting as part of the gpl-violations.org project in enforcing the GPL
against Skype since February 2007. Initially Skype didn't respond, we then
applied for a preliminary injunction. That injunction was granted by the
court in June 2007, but Skype chose to file an appeals case against it.
The court hearing tomorrow is exactly to debate about this appeal.
Interestingly, Skype is arguing against the validity of the GPL as a whole,
asserting that it is violating anti-trust regulation and similarly strange
Back from the trip to Taiwan
It's been some time since my last blog post, mainly because I've been quite
busy in Taiwan. First there was the conference, then there were a number of
meetings with various companies to educate them about GPL licensing and how
to interoperate with the FOSS community for better hardware/driver support.
The other part was actual spare time. I spent many months in Taipei during my
work for OpenMoko, but I never really had much time to explore the city, or
even other parts of the country.
This time I explored quite a bit of the Taipei nightlife, visiting places like
Luxy, Lava, Room18, Barcode, ageha, and even the so-called "meat market" of Carnegies and Tavern.
I've also had time to try one of the many hot spa's of Taipei in Beitou, as
well as a really great motorbike trip to the national forest in the Wulai
Unfortunately the weather wasn't that great, so I had to postpone my plans to
visit the northeastern and the eastern coast to some future trip.
And the most interesting part is: I actually made contact to Taiwanese people
who are not at all in any way related to work :)
Further Taipei exploration brought me to the Wufenpu fashion wholesale area,
as well as Ximending. Most impressive is also the "Taipei underworld", i.e.
the various underground shopping malls near Taipei Main Station, such as the
Taipei City Mall, Station Front Mall and ZhongShen Mall I and II. You can
literally walk for many kilometers underground...
Now I am one day in Frankfurt, and tomorrow one day in Munich, Friday one half
day at home, and then there will be four days of music festival at WGT 2008.