In late September Astrolabe sued two researchers claiming that their use of time zone data infringed Astrolabe’s copyright in its atlas software. This blog pondered whether such a use was really infringing. It appears the folks at the EFF have pondered the same thing and have teamed up with Fish & Richardson to serve a potential Rule 11 motion against Astrolabe. The suit apparently scared one of the rearchers into disabling his database (it has since been restored by ICANN). As of the date of the Rule 11 letter the complaint had not yet been served, but the gauntlet has certainly been thrown.
Astrolabe, Inc. v. Olson, 11-11725-GAO (D. Mass.), letter served on Jan. 12, 2012