Friday, October 07, 2005

Open Letter to JBoss Inc. / JBoss (Europe) S.a.r.l. / Marc Fleury

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The subscriber hereby states, that he is convinced of:


  1. Abusive enforcement of trademarks with regard - but not limited to services - in terms of Free Open Source Software (FOSS) is harmful to fundamental ideas behind FOSS.
  2. Lack of proper copyright notices and disclaimer warranties as is stated and required in the LGPL affects the intellectual properties of all volunteers working on FOSS.
  3. Confidence in valid licenses is of utmost importance for business in areas of FOSS.


The Subscriber therefore requests JBoss Inc. and for all projects hosted by JBoss Inc., including but not limited to, the JBoss Application Server, Hibernate, JBossCache, and JBoss Portal to:

  1. Not to consider abusive enforcement of law on the registered trademark to gain any competitive advantages.
  2. Respect the copyrights of everyone developing for JBoss Inc. and for all projects hosted by JBoss Inc., including but not limited to, the JBoss Application Server, Hibernate, JBossCache, and JBoss Portal; in the past, present and in the future.
  3. Do whatever it takes to remedy license issues as confidence in valid licenses is of utmost importance for everyone - company or individual - using FOSS.

I realize that this will be a difficult task, considering that most JBoss projects have been developed by a number of individuals over an extended period of time, thus assigning different copyright to each individual source file. I am however confident that JBoss Inc.
realizes the seriousness of the situation and finds creative ways to remedy this.


Signature (sign by email)

Konstantin Pribluda: Freelance software developer
Co-Author of XDoclet, Pico/Nanocontainer.

Prof. Dr. sc. tech. Manfred Grauer: Head of the Information Systems Institute at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Siegen / Germany

Prof. Dr. Michael Bernecker: FHDW University of Applied Sciences

Jr. Prof. Dr. Ing Thomas Barth: Information Systems Institute at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Siegen / Germany

Dirk Brockhaus: CEO Brockhaus AG, Chairman Networkers North Rhine-Westphalia e.V., Member Secure-IT Advisory Board to Ministry for the Interior North Rhine-Westphalia

Bernd Oestereich: Managing Director of oose.de, Author

Frank Pestke: Freelance J2EE Developer

Stefan Tilkov: Managing Director of innoq (see his Blog)

Andreas Schaefer: former JBoss contributor (see his Blog)

Hugo Pinto: Software Researcher, ex JBoss developer

Dr. Wolfgang Schneider: Sr. J2EE Architect

David Garcia Alonso: EITEC Sistemas

Frank Schmidt

Matthias Meier:
General Manager Digital Alchemists GmbH, Switzerland

Bill Bohlmann

Masroor Ahmad: Software Developer

Karsten Thoms: Sr. J2EE Architect, itemis GmbH & Co KG

Ashutosh Tripathi: T-Mobile International

Thorsten Neumann: Sr. Consultant, Cirrus GmbH

Jens Wagener: Managing Director, itemis GmbH & Co KG

Wolfgang Neuhaus: CEO, itemis GmbH & Co KG


Obviously:

Karin Ulrike Ledwon: journalist

Rickard Öberg:
co-founder of JBoss


Matthias Bohnen: Managing Director of Brockhaus GmbH, Assistant Professor and Member of JBoss Academia Program