The iPhone name seems to be a curse for all who claim to own it. Apple is being used by Cisco and could also be sued by Canadian company Comwave Telecom Inc. Now Cisco itself could be in trouble over its WIP300 iPhone which is based on Linux. Armijn Hemel, a member of the GPL (General Public License) Violations Project (focused on identifying and publicizing GPL misuse), has indicated that Cisco has not published some of the code developed for the device, a requirement of the GPL. “For someone talking about Apple using Cisco’s property, actually they’re infringing on copyright themselves. So it’s just a double standard,” says Hemel.
Should Cisco not publish the code in question, it could face lawsuits and have to pay financial compensation.