I just received the following disappointing answer from the Free Software Foundation.
Because even the FSF does not help me and I am a retired old man, who has no more nerves to stand the attacks of the lawyers of a big company,
I finally gave up and removed the Router application from my Freerouting website.
Sorry, that I could not save the Freerouting project for the public from the unjustified attacks of Zuken.
Thank you for your time.
> [firstname.lastname@example.org - Thu Jun 12 02:41:44 2014]:
> Dear FSF,
> In the attached letter my former employer Zuken accuses me of
> infringement of their Active-45 Software,
> which is unjustified.
> Because I am no more working on my Freerouting software since several
> years and am now a pensioner,
> it will be easiest for me to give up and remove the Freerouting
> from the Internet, to avoid a lawsuite.
> I think that is it, what Zuken may be speculating for, just bluffing
> But then also the source code of my FreeRouting project,
> which I opened several months ago under the GPLv3, will get lost to
> That's what really worries me.
> An Internet friend told me, that transferring the copyright of the
> sources of
> Freerouting to the FSF may save the situation.
> Then the FSF would protect them from unjustified copyright attacks by
> I hereby ask you, if that is true and if the FSF would accept the
> of the copyright of my Freerouting sources.
The FSF accepts copyright assignment on software that is becoming a part
of the GNU Project. We do this so as to be able to enforce the license
on the work against GPL violators, not to defend against claims that the
work itself infringes on another work. We have no expertise in handling
such cases, and no resources to deal with such claims either. Our
assignment contract actually requires that the contributor warrant that
there is no claim of infringement against the work, and requires the
contributor to indemnify the FSF in the event that a claim is made. In
short, we could not accept assignment. I'm sorry we couldn't be of more
help, but unfortunately it is beyond the scope of the services that we
> The Freerouting project contains 7 years of work and 20 years of
> Printed Circuit Board Autorouter experience by me.
> More information as well as the Freerouting source code and
> documentation can be found in the last 2 topics of
> the News Forum at index.php
> There is also a discussion about the situation at
> Kind regards,
> Alfons Wirtz
> Haidelweg 19a
> 81241 München (Germany)
> Tel: 004989 8201671
> Homepage : http://www.AlfonsWirtz.de
Donald R. Robertson, III, J.D.
Copyright & Licensing Associate
Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02110, USA