Cisco Addresses Its iPhone GPL Violation

Lora Bentley

In the wake of the Cisco-Apple lawsuit over the rights to the iPhone name last week, we came across a story that we found rather amusing, given the circumstances. Macworld reported that researcher Armijn Hemel, who volunteers with the GPL Violations Project, found that Cisco had violated the terms of the GNU General Public License by failing to release all of the source code for one model of its iPhone product.


To Cisco's credit, the company quickly researched the issues Hemel raised and admitted its failure with regard to a "single issue" in a company blog post over the weekend. John Earnhardt, Cisco's senior manager of global media relations, thanked Hemel for bringing the issues to the company's attention and assured readers that "compliance with open standards is very important to us."


True to its word, the company is taking steps to make available the missing source code for the iPhone WIP300 handset, according to an ITPro story.


Though Hemel is pleased that Cisco is taking quick action to meet GPL requirements on one of the violations he raised, he told itWorld Canada yesterday that he will be interested to see what, if anything, the company does with regard to the others.


Taking things one step further, a blogger at Gizmodo predicts that Cisco's efforts to remedy the current GPL "issues" with the iPhone WIP300 will eventually lead to an open source Wi-Fi phone. Whether the prediction is actually plausible we'll leave to the Wi-Fi experts.

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