The Electronic Frontier Foundation just won the most important legal case you didn’t know about this year, and protected the existence of the Olson Time Zone Database.
San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is pleased to announce that a copyright lawsuit threatening an important database of time zone information has been dismissed. The astrology software company that filed the lawsuit, Astrolabe, has also apologized and agreed to a ‘covenant not to sue’ going forward, which will help protect the database from future baseless legal actions and disruptions.
Surprisingly enough, the world’s timezones aren’t kept by an inter-government committee, but by a few intrepid volunteers. This was really important to protect, and you should consider becoming a member of the EFF to protect these kinds of things in the future.