report in Financial Times Deutschland

The German business newspaper Financial Times Deutschland has published an article about my GPL enforcement work. To the best of my knowledge, it is the first such article in a general newspaper. All previous coverage was in publications or magazines tailored to the IT industry.

However, the content is of very low quality, and the actual facts are wrong in a number of cases. First of all, why go to a personal level and describe myself as having a 'Harry Potter hairstyle', and then calling me "a mixture between bill gates and a heavy-metal fan". I hereby deny any similarity with Bill Gates. I had my hair style like this even in the nineties (before growing it long around 1997-2000 and then cutting it again in 2001). And I listen to a lot of weird music, though heavy metal is generally not on my playlist. Anyway, what is the point of all of that? How does this help people to evaluate the risk of GPL violations?

Further down, the article has claims like "the driver software of the router also contained some lines of code that were originally written by Welte". First of all, it is the firmware, not the driver. Secondly, it is more than a couple of lines (since a couple of lines would probably not constitute a copyrightable work).

The article also explicitly states that I am not fighting for money, but "out of principle". Despite that, it also claims "The first couple of companies are shivering expecting the destruction of their book value". That's illogical.

Furthermore, there are claims that I have focused on companies that only used small amount of open source. To the contrary: The majority of the products that I've enforced so far contain 75% or more open source software. Only small portions were added by the respective vendors.

To the contrary, there was a recent article in the Berliner Morgenpost paper one of the CCC Leaders which was really well-researched and of high quality. Even that one gets some minor facts wrong, but still portrays a realistic picture.