Patently Obvious: The Year The Lawyers Came To FOSS
The GNOME foundation was sued by Rothschild Patent Imaging on August 28th, 2019. The lawsuit alleged that the GNOME Shotwell photo manager was infringing on Rothschild patents. The GNOME foundation eventually settled with the Rothschilds in March 2020. Neil McGovern, Executive Director of the GNOME foundation, went through the entire process in a 25 minute presentation at the Seattle GNU/Linux conference this weekend.
The GNOME Foundation settled with Rothschild Patent Imaging in a way that prevents them from further lawsuits against all FOSS software. The GNOME foundation sees it as a huge success even though they did settle due to the terms and conditions they made Rothschild Patent Imaging agree to.