Another iPhone Tangle

1:15 PM -- Well, this is amusing. Turns out there's a bit of code in the Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) version of iPhone that's violating the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Cisco, of course, recently sued Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), saying Steve Jobs & Co. were violating its trademark space by coopting the "iPhone" name.

Now Cisco, according to its corporate blog, has gotten a tap on the shoulder from Armijn Hemel of Loohuis Consulting, who says the WIP300 iPhone violates GPL, one of the licenses associated with open-source software.

"Based on our investigation, Cisco is taking steps to resolve a single issue raised regarding this product’s compliance," Cisco's blog politely states.

The incident isn't the mirror image of the trademark issue, but it's still going to have some good humor value for the Apple camp.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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