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#tzdb Civil Suit Filed, Involving the Time Zone Database: Arthur David Olson and Paul Eggert need help (via Slashdot)

Posted by Jeroen Pluimers on 2011/10/07

The tzdb (Timezone Database) is an important database of current and historical timezone information.

Yesterday, it became clear that a civil suit was filed on September 30, 2011 by Astrolabe over parts of the historic data in the tzdb.

As a reasult, the tzdb download and mailing list has been shut down.

This might be speculative, but I find the coincidence with the plans of the IETF taking over the maintenance of the tzdb, as well as the sudden number of edits on the Wikipeda tzdb page before the suit was filed stunning (thanks Ghostworks for pointing me to the latter).

A lot of software depends on the tzdb (Unix, Linux, Mac, Windows, IBM, you name it). As soon as you have used a timezone like “Europe/Amsterdam”, you have likely used the tzdb in one form or the other.

Arthur David Olson and Paul Eggert most likekely need help, lets hope one of the big companies helps them.

–jeroen

PS: When I started writing this blog post, the tz database Wikipedia page didn’t mention the law suit, now it does. But given the frequent changes mentioned above, I’m not sure which information on that page is correct or incorrect.

via: Civil Suit Filed, Involving the Time Zone Database – Slashdot.

2 Responses to “#tzdb Civil Suit Filed, Involving the Time Zone Database: Arthur David Olson and Paul Eggert need help (via Slashdot)”

  1. There is important background information on what led up to this lawsuit here:

    http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/tz/2011-October/007976.html

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