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Bruce Perens Seeks Mandatory Award of Legal Fees Under anti-SLAPP law

Bruce Perens Seeks Mandatory Award of Legal Fees Under anti-SLAPP law
Bruce Perens is a computer programmer and advocates in the free software movement. He created The Open Source Definition and published the first formal announcement and manifesto of open source. He co-founded the Open Source Initiative (OSI) with Eric S. Raymond.

When Bruce Perens commented that a company violated Open Source licensing conditions publicly last year, that company wanted him to stop and sued him for libel. They lost that bid:

In August, Open Source Security, Inc. brought a lawsuit against me in federal court, seeking over $3 million, and later added Bradley Spengler as a plaintiff. Open Source Security and Mr. Spengler sued me because they disagreed with my blog posts and Slashdot comments which expressed my opinions that their policies regarding distribution of their Grsecurity product could violate the GPL and lead to liability for breach of contract and copyright infringement.

This lawsuit should never have been brought. My blog post and Slashdot comments are first amendment speech protected by the California anti-SLAPP law.

Now a judge has indicated they should pay hefty legal bill under California’s anti-SLAPP law.

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